On the 9th February the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Sylvain Cambreling as their new Chief Conductor, starting in the 2018/2019 season. He succeeds Sir Jeffrey Tate who died on 2 June 2017.
Sylvain Cambreling had this to say about his new position:
“I am looking forward with great anticipation to my new responsibilities in Hamburg. My encounter with the Hamburg Symphony was immediately exhilarating and a wonderful artistic experience. The Laeiszhalle is not only pervaded with a rich tradition, it is also, acoustically, one of the most wonderful concert halls in the world. This is an honour and I am moved to be succeeding my friend, Jeffrey Tate.”
Daniel Kühnel, CEO of the Hamburg Symphony has told journalists.
“At the end of a very intensive and exciting identification process we are eagerly anticipating our collaboration with a great artist, who will inspire both the audience and the orchestra and will engage his vast musical knowledge and personal integrity to leading the Hamburg Symphony to new heights.”
Dr. Carsten Brosda, Minister of Culture and Media of Hamburg, states, “The fact that the Hamburg Symphony has attracted Sylvain Cambreling as Principal Conductor illustrates the excellent progress made by the orchestra under Sir Jeffrey Tate. This appointment opens up wonderful prospects for the Laeiszhalle and the whole of Hamburg as a City of Music. Sylvain Cambreling’s work will contribute to continuing the successful course of the Laeiszhalle’s orchestra in residence.”
Professor Burkhard Schwenker, President of the Supervisory Board of the Hamburg Symphony, says, “We are very proud that with Sylvain Cambreling our orchestra will have an artist of such international standing as Principal Conductor to continue and enhance the Hamburg Symphony’s exceptional success story. His skill and personality embody the philosophy of the Hamburg Symphony and he will shape and further our orchestra.”