Atlanta / Berlin (MH) – Nathalie Stutzmann is the new music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). With the Frenchwoman, a woman will take over this position for the first time in autumn 2022, the orchestra announced on Wednesday. The 56-year-old succeeds Robert Spano. Stutzmann becomes the fifth music director in the history of the orchestra. Your contract runs for four years.

Nathalie Stutzmann

Stutzmann has been chief conductor of the Norwegian Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra since 2018 and until 2023. Since September she has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra for the next three years. The managing director of the Atlanta Symphony, Jennifer Barlament, praised the Frenchwoman as an inspiring musician at the highest level. “Their fresh and captivating interpretations make the classics feel like we’re hearing them for the first time.”

Stutzmann is only the second woman to lead a large American orchestra. Marin Alsop has headed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007.

The artist called her appointment as music director a privilege. “The devotion of the ASO musicians to music touches my heart,” she said. “There is a special chemistry between the orchestra and me that we all immediately recognized and this is the perfect time for us to deepen our relationship.” As a singer, she is also looking forward to the prospect of working with the ASO Chorus, which she considers to be one of the best choirs in America.

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