Klaus Mäkelä, a 26-year-old Finnish conductor, will become principal conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam for the 2027-2028 season, as part of a 10-year commitment announced on Friday.
He replaces Daniele Gatti, who was fired as principal conductor in August 2018 following a report in The Washington Post accusing the conductor of inappropriate behavior. Mäkelä will be the artistic partner of the Concertgebouw next season.
Mäkelä has been Principal Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival since the 2020-2021 season, and in the 2021-2022 season he became the Music Director of the Paris Orchestra.
He will host five programs with the Concertgebouw next season and will increase this number in subsequent years.
The Concertgebouw was led by Bernard Haitink from 1961 to 1988 (until 1973 as co-director with Eugen Jochum) and then by Riccardo Chaily from 1988 to 2004 and Mariss Jansons from 2004 to 15. Gatti started from the 2016-17 season.
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