Thomas Zehetmair has been announced as the Orchestre national d’Auvergne’s new Principal Conductor from the 2021/22 season. The appointment marks a shift in the orchestra’s artistic strategy towards collaborating with artists who combine expertise across baroque, classical, contemporary and chamber music.
Thomas made his debut with the orchestra – composed of 21 string players – back in January 2019 with a programme of Haydn, Bruckner and Richard Strauss. In December 2021 he returns to Clermont-Ferrand to conduct Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with soloists Sunhae Im, Werner Güra and Florian Bösch, and again in May 2022 for a concert of Haydn, Ligeti and Mozart with Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Principal Conductor of the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Winterthur Musikkollegium, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehemair has forged a remarkable dual career as a soloist and conductor. Later this season he records Brahms Quartets with Zehetmair Quartet for ECM and performs Schumann’s Violin Concerto with Mozarteum Orchester and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Next season’s guest highlights include an artist residency with Poznan Philharmonic, his conducting debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a return to Irish Chamber Orchestra as one of their Artistic Partners.
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