The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra announced this morning that Nathalie Stutzmann has extended her Chief Conductor contract with the Norwegian ensemble for a further two years. Nathalie was first appointed to the role in November 2017, and has been in-post since September 2018 when their season opener was named “Concert of the Year” by the Norwegian press.
Commenting on the extension, Nathalie said:
“This is my Norwegian family. The orchestra is young and eager to develop, and I am looking forward to continuing this journey with the musicians. This gives us the possibility of long-term thinking and that is a big advantage when you have ambitions with an orchestra.”
Geir Rebbestad, Director of KSO, added:
“This is the best Christmas present possible both for our audience and the orchestra. The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra has taken big steps together with Nathalie and the fact that she is now extending her engagement means that she sees the potential we have together.”
The announcement comes just days after Nathalie was revealed as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s new Principal Guest Conductor, commencing September 2021. The coming months will see her return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and make her Metropolitan Opera debut.