Cristian Măcelaru, 38, is to become the new Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, one of Europe’s leading orchestras, effective with the 2019/2020 season! In September 2019, he will succeed the current Chief Conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, who has successfully led the orchestra for nine years.
WDR General Director Tom Buhrow says: “With Cristian Măcelaru, we have succeeded in gaining the services of an outstanding conductor who is in great demand all over the world. We are delighted to announce that this artist of the new generation will face the future together with our WDR Symphony Orchestra, which has achieved an outstanding international standard and reputation in recent years.”
Cristian Măcelaru is Music Director and Conductor of the internationally renowned Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, succeeding Marin Alsop to the post in 2016. He attracted international attention for the first time in 2012, when he stepped into the breach with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, deputizing for Pierre Boulez. In the same year, he received the “Sir Georg Solti Award” for young conductors, followed in 2014 by the “Solti Conducting Award”. Since then, Măcelaru has performed regularly at the podium of the best American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. A particularly close collaboration connects him with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Since his debut in 2013, he has been on the podium of this orchestra over 100 times and served there for three seasons as Conductor-in-Residence. In Europe, he has been in great demand as a guest conductor with many well-known orchestras and festivals, among others the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.