In a media conference 22nd March, in Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain announced Julian Kuerti as their first-ever Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra. Following immense critical and public acclaim of his interpretation of Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin with the orchestra in April 2012, a unanimous decision amongst the musicians, administration and Yannick Nézet-Séguin was made to bring Kuerti back in a designated role as Principal Guest Conductor.
To quote Yannick Nézet-Séguin: "Given the orchestra's enthusiasm, [Kuerti] was a natural candidate as guest conductor on a more regular basis".
In his new role as Principle Guest Conductor effective the 13/14 season, Kuerti will lead two of the nine subscription programs in the Maison Symphonique and one summer program. The position is a three-year term through the 15/16 season.
Kuerti was also recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile, where he will lead four subscription programs plus an opera production of La Traviata in his inaugural season in 2013-14. His guest conducting appearances this season saw him returning to the Montreal Symphony in his own version of Prokofiev's Suites from Romeo and Juliet and to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in a subscription program featuring Strauss' Four Last Songs with Christine Brewer. He also made debuts with the Dallas Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Het Gelders Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony, and returned to Tanglewood in a program with the principle players of the Boston Symphony.
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