Duncan Ward was revealed as the philharmonie zuidnederland’s new Chief Conductor this morning, for an initial term of three seasons effective from September 2021. The announcement coincides with the British-born conductor’s return to the orchestra for a concert of Haydn, Stravinsky, Fiumara and Milhaud, which will be live streamed from the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven.
Commenting on the appointment the orchestra’s Intendent, Stefan Rosu, said “Duncan knows how to fathom a musical score and bring a composer’s intentions vividly to life. He possesses the natural authority, conducting technique and experience to communicate his interpretation to the musicians. He is a motivator through and through.”
Duncan, who made his debut with philharmonie zuidnederland at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw last season, added: “I felt a natural connection with the orchestra from the first rehearsal and was very excited by our musical exchange on one of the most notoriously demanding works in the repertoire – Debussy’s Jeux. I sensed that this was a palette of colours and a collection of open, curious musicians that I would love to get to know better.”
This is Duncan’s second appointment this year – he became Music Director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’s Mediterranean Youth Orchestra in January. Other recent highlights for Duncan include concerts with Staatskapelle Dresden, Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. This season he returns to London Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Oper Köln (Rigoletto), and debuts with the Zürcher Kammerorchester, Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
You can watch the orchestra’s welcome video here.