The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced that French conductor and cellist Samy Rachid, 29, has been appointed as new Assistant Conductor for a two-year term, effective in October 2023. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons named Rachid to succeed Anna Rakitina in the position following an audition process. Rachid joins Earl Lee, appointed in 2021, as one of the BSO’s two assistant conductors.

Formerly the cellist of the Arod Quartet, Samy Rachid left that ensemble in 2021 to focus on conducting, winning 2nd Prize of the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting. The same year he worked with France’s Orchestre Elektra and was subsequently asked by the ensemble to become their music director for the 2022-23 season

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