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Basel Symphony Orchestra Appoints Ivor Bolton as New Music Director

Commencing with the 2016/17 concert season, British conductor Ivor Bolton will take the helm in a four-year contract running till the end of the 2019/20 season. Polish Conductor Micha? Nesterowicz has also been named as the orchestra's new Principal Guest Conductor.

Expressing his excitement over the collaboration, Bolton said: "I am very happy to work with this committed and highly professional ensemble. For a concert to become a memorable experience for both, audience and orchestra, there has to be trust, open-mindedness and passion. All of which I could immediately sense in abundance with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. I am hungry for our shared discoveries in symphonic music, ranging from the classical period up to classical modernism".

It's a partnership the Basel Symphony Orchestra is equally enthusiastic about, says Artistic Planner Dr. Hans-Georg Hofmann. "Ivor Bolton is an outstanding conductor of exceptional calibre. With his musicality and relevant experience in the international music world, he fulfills the ideal requirements for not only setting new standards in the concert culture of Basel, but also for raising the international profile of the orchestra". Managing Director Franziskus Theurillat echoed these sentiments, saying "This is without a doubt a stroke of luck for the foundation and the orchestra. Both conductors complement each other ideally regarding the emphasis of their repertoires. With this combination we can look into the future with confidence, especially regarding the upcoming renovation of our Concert Hall the Stadtcasino".

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