Elias Grandy

Elias German-Japanese conductor Elias Grandy has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra from 2025/26 season. Last season he finished his tenure as music director of Heidelberg’s Opera and Philharmonic orchestra.

Born of German-Japanese parents Elias studied cello and conducting in Munich, Basel, and Berlin. He worked as a cellist in orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Komische Oper Berlin. He started his conducting career as Resident Conductor at Staatstheater Darmstadt and shortly after won the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. In 2015 he was named music director in Heidelberg, a position he held until 2023.

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