Just a week after being announced as the next Music Director of Orchestre National de France, Cristian Măcelaru has been named the inaugural Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO). A sought-after conductor around the world, Cristian will lead the artistic development of Interlochen’s renowned summer orchestra programmes.
Announcing the appointment yesterday, Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey said:
“Cristian’s palpable joy for music-making and high artistic standards consistently brings out the very best in our emerging young musicians. He is the ideal leader and artist to take our summer orchestral program to new heights.”
This new role will enable Cristian to build on his long and meaningful history with Interlochen, and with WYSO. Having first come to Interlochen Arts Academy from his native Romania as a young violin student, he also attended Interlochen Arts Camp, where he served as concertmaster of WYSO. He has since returned to the Interlochen campus many times, most recently as a Guest Conductor of WYSO for three summers.
“Interlochen is the place where music really started for me. It was where I first played with a great orchestra and experienced unbelievable training. Interlochen made me feel like anything was possible. I am tremendously honored to be able to give back and inspire another generation of musicians.”
In this newly created role, Cristian will lead the artistic development of Interlochen’s summer orchestra programmes, select repertoire, and help recruit guest conductors, soloists, and summer music faculty. He will also conduct WYSO and other orchestras at Interlochen Arts Camp during a week-long residency.
Cristian’s appointment is the latest in a series of major investments in the music programme at Interlochen, which has included a $24 million state-of-the-art Music Center with rehearsal halls, teaching, recording and practice studios, and lounge areas to encourage collaboration.
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Read Interlochen’s announcement here.
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