Marcelo Lehninger

Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger, 36, becomes the 14th music director in the 86-year history of the the Grand Rapids Symphony (Michigan, US). He got a five-year contract through the 2020-21 season, effective July 1. Lehninger just ended a four-year tenure as music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.

A graduate of the Conductors Institute at Bard College in New York and an alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Lehninger served as Kurt Masur’s assistant with the Orchestre National de France and was selected as assistant and cover conductor for Mariss Jansons during the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s 2014 tour of Europe. Appointed as assistant conductor by former Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine, Lehninger held the post for three seasons and then was named associate conductor of the BSO for two more years.


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