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Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy to lead Sydney Symphony from 2009

Media Release – Sydney Symphony 

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Sydney, Australia – The Board of the Sydney Symphony has announced that world renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy has been appointed to the newly created position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor from January 2009 to December 2011.

The Board of the Sydney Symphony has announced that world renowned conductor Vladimir AshkenazyMaestro Ashkenazy, who has already established a highly-successful relationship with the Sydney Symphony and is well-known throughout Australia, will collaborate with the Orchestra on significant projects including composer festivals, major recording projects and international touring activities during his 3 year term.  A regular visitor to Sydney over many years, he already shares a warm relationship with the Orchestra; together they have performed to critical acclaim in a Sibelius Festival in 2004 and most recently in 2006 in a highly successful performance of Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells”, attracting capacity crowds to the Sydney Opera House.

“I could not be more delighted that a musician of Ashkenazy’s accomplishment and stature has agreed to accept artistic leadership of the Sydney Symphony for the 3 years commencing 2009,” said Chairman David Maloney.  “I think his acceptance of the role speaks volumes for the calibre of the Orchestra and I am sure the people of Sydney and New South Wales will be very excited by the artistic projects which the Maestro has in mind during his tenure and by the impact which his musicianship and lively and creative energy can be expected to have on Orchestral performances.  The special relationship which exists between the Maestro and the Orchestra has been clearly evident in their collaborations in the past. 

“I am very happy to accept the role of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Sydney Symphony,” said Vladimir Ashkenazy.  “I have conducted the orchestra several times and consider it to be a world-class ensemble, and I look forward to our working together on some exciting projects, tours and recordings.  I see great possibilities with this talented, hardworking and committed group of outstanding musicians and the organisation which supports it.”

The Sydney Symphony’s Managing Director, Libby Christie said that in his role with the Sydney Symphony,   Maestro Ashkenazy will join the orchestra for at least 8 weeks of concerts each year, as well as touring with them to Asia and Europe and recording for leading Japanese label Octavia Records.  He will advise the orchestra on programming and artistic issues and take an active role in auditions and in developing the ensemble of musicians.  He and the Company will identify key international personnel to work with the orchestra, as well as developing its guest conductor and soloist portfolio, including established international names and exciting new talents.  Additionally he will support the Sydney Symphony’s work in the fields of fundraising, advocacy and public relations.

For more information on the Sydney Symphony, please visit www.sydneysymphony.com

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