Cristian Măcelaru conducts his inaugural concert as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France on 24 September, having stepped up to the position a year ahead of schedule.
The performance at the Auditorium of Radio France comprises Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Benjamin Grosvenor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Audiences can tune in live on France Musique.
Following a remarkable first season as Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cristian extended his contract with the orchestra until at least 2025. Recent highlights include a Grammy award for his recording of music by Wynton Marsalis with Nicola Benedetti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, an album release with Jan Vogler and the WDR Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of an orchestral tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg entitled When There Are Nine.
The Romanian-born conductor has established himself as a highly sought-after artist with ensembles around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, LA Phil, Cleveland Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester, and many more. He also serves as Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Photo by Sorin Popa