Congratulations to Wayne Marshall who was announced today as Chief Conductor of WDR Rundfunkorchester from the 2014/15 season, becoming their Chief Conductor Designate in September 2013.
Wayne was thrilled to accept the new position: “I am honoured and delighted to be the next Chief Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkorchester. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work so closely with this wonderfully versatile group of musicians and I look forward enormously to building the partnership. I relish working on the eclectic range of repertoire for which WDR Rundfunkorchester is so well known and to sharing the music-making with the widest possible audience.”
WDR Radio Director Wolfgang Schmitz commented: “Wayne Marshall has earned himself an outstanding reputation worldwide, in both the classical music and the popular classical music fields. Few musicians before him managed to achieve that. With his international experience, his virtuosity and his charismatic personality, he is the ideal man for the job”
Highlights in Wayne’s 13/14 season include a special Cole Porter project with WDR and guest conducting with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Berlin Konzerthausorchester and Orchestre National d’Ile de France. Opera includes a new production of Weill’s Mahagonny at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin as well as Porgy and Bess with Montreal Opera.
Later this week Wayne travels to Holland to conduct the Netherlands Radio Orchestra in a complete performance of West Side Story at Theatre Carré, Amsterdam.