Markus Stenz
(c) Catrin Moritz

After Myung Whun-Chung stepped down in December 2015,  the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra has now announced two major new appointments: Thierry Fischer has been named Principal Guest Conductor and Markus Stenz Conductor-in-Residence, with effect from the start of the 2017 season. Both conductors were appointed by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra on the basis of the recommendation of a committee, with its seven members including the Seoul Philharmonic’s CEO, musicians from and outside the orchestra, a music critic, a conductor and a music manager.

Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer, 58, is currently Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the USA – a post that will run concurrently with his SPO role.

German conductor Markus Stenz, 51, who finished his 11-year tenure as principal conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne, in 2014, is Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2012) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since the 2015/2016 season.

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