Cristian Măcelaru will remain the principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra for another three years until 2025 | What is enterentertainment Tonight?

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Cristian Măcelaru extends his contract as principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra for three more years. The WDR board noted and approved the extension on Friday 26 June. This means that this rising star among the conductors of the next generation will lead the best orchestra in the WDR at least until July 31, 2025.

During his first contract as Principal Conductor with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru established an international reputation as a top conductor. “From his inaugural concert in September 2019, he captured the hearts of the public with his expressiveness. Admired by the media and professional music critics, Cristian Măcelaru has been a driver of innovation for our orchestra, while being a communicative professional who also knows how to play the internet keyboard”, explains Valérie Weber, director of the WDR programme. “With his personality and an unusually wide repertoire that ranges from Bach to contemporary music, he made such a convincing impression in his first year that we would like to keep him longer in North Rhine-Westphalia and in our orchestra.”

Forty-year-old Cristian Măcelaru is looking forward to the approaching season, as concerts and global cultural life face new challenges in corona times. The Romanian-born conductor is keenly interested in integrating symphonic music into digital media – from live concert broadcasts to musical introductions via video. “Being on stage with the superb musicians of the WSO is always empowering, as well as being a meaningful discovery of the most diverse musical opportunities,” he says. “I am very pleased that we can continue to create many moments of beauty for our loyal audience, to breathe new life into timeless musical masterpieces and to continue the artistic partnerships that have made the WDR Symphony Orchestra the one of the best orchestras in Germany and the world as a whole.”

Cristian Măcelaru has established a reputation with major orchestras in the United States and throughout Europe, conducting the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra among others. He has a particularly close relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he has performed on the podium at more than 150 concerts. He has also received invitations from the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Orchester National de France and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He worked with the WDR Symphony Orchestra for the first time in February 2017. The engagement of Cristian Măcelaru as Music Director of the famous Orchester National de France from the 2021/22 season underlines his artistic relevance. At the end of 2019, he received a prestigious Grammy Award for his CD recording of Wynton Marsalis’ violin concerto.

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