Ludovic Morlot appointed new principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Catalonia
(Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)
The Board of Directors of the Consorci de L’Auditori i l’Orquestra has approved the proposal of the director of L’Auditori, Robert Brufau, to appoint Ludovic Morlot as the new musical director of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.
“With Ludovic Morlot at its head, the OBC has reached an international level and will defend the role that symphonic music must play in the 21st century. Morlot has proven its ability to foster the artistic development of large groups which, thanks to its leadership, have been very successful. Modernity and rigor are part of his DNA as an artist, and it shows in everything he does, from management to the stage in full awareness of the challenges of modern society, ”Brufau said in a commentary. official press release.
“I enjoyed working with the OBC musicians and the Auditori management team so much for their energy in creating great performances, their curiosity and their love of music. It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to lead these extraordinary musicians to the next chapter and to dream together of a new future for this inspiring organization. I look forward to expanding the orchestra’s repertoire as well as learning more about Catalan’s rich musical heritage. Adding my voice to the work of former Music Director Kashushi Ono is a challenge that I look forward to taking on with pride and great anticipation, ”said Morlot of his appointment.
Morlot is currently conductor emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. The conductor has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Czech Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the London Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. Morlot held the title of musical director of La Monnaie between 2012 and 2014.
The French conductor will take up his new duties in September 2022 for the following four seasons.