The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced that Louis Langrée will not seek to renew his contract beyond the end of the 2023-24 season, his eleventh as the Orchestra’s musical director.
Since taking office in 2013, Louis Langrée’s tenure has been marked by a daring program including a Pelléas Trilogy; Beethoven [R]evolution including a reconstruction of the legendary Akademie 1808; the Concertos project for orchestra; 125th anniversary season programs demonstrating the Orchestra’s pioneering heritage; and initiatives such as CSO Proof, the Fanfare Project, CSO Look Around, LUMENOCITY, One City / One Symphony and MusicNOW, a collaboration with composer Bryce Dessner. Langrée has conducted the Orchestra on European and Asian tours and the Lincoln Center Great Performers series; won two Grammy Award nominations with the Orchestra for Best Orchestral Performance; welcomed Matthias Pintscher as a creative partner; and presided over the Orchestra’s absence from the Music Hall during its major renovation.
During the COVID pandemic, Langrée was a catalyst for the Orchestra’s return to the stage in the fall of 2020 with a series of digital streaming concerts, then in January 2021 by welcoming an audience in person to the Music Hall.
Between the start of his mandate and the end of the next 2021-22 season of the CSO, Langrée and the CSO will have commissioned or co-commissioned 36 new works for orchestra and he will have conducted 30 creations from a wide range of composers, including Julia Adolphe, Daníel Bjarnason, Jennifer Higdon, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Kinds of Kings, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Christopher Rouse, Caroline Shaw and Julia Wolfe.
Langrée and the Orchestra also commissioned 20 composers to write solo instrument bands for CSO musicians during the COVID pandemic, including Michael Abels, Marcos Balter, Peter Boyer, Courtney Bryan, Bryce Dessner, Ted Hearne, Tyshawn Sorey, Georgia Stitt and Du Yun, whose new works have been premiered on the Orchestra’s website.
To date, Langrée has appointed 17 of the Orchestra’s musicians, including the hiring of Stefani Matsuo as the Orchestra’s first female concertmaster. Other nominations include Associate Principal Percussion, Associate Principal Second Violin, Assistant Principal Violin, Assistant Principal Horn, Principal Tuba, Principal Clarinet, Second Principal / Assistant Trombone, Principal Bassoon, Second Flute, second oboe, three section violists, two section violins and a cellist section. During the coming season, there will be auditions for Associate Principal Timpani and Percussion Section, Associate Principal Violin, Associate Principal Flute, Piccolo and Bass Section. Langrée has also worked closely with CSO / CCM Diversity Fellows, mentoring them individually and inviting them to perform within the Orchestra.
“It was not an easy decision to make because this orchestra and the community of Cincinnati have such a special place in my heart. But to keep the orchestra fresh, relevant and vital, new leadership with other perspectives is needed, ”said Louis Langrée. . “I have chosen to make this announcement now to ensure a smooth and smooth transition to my successor.
Looking back over the past eight years, I’m in awe of what we’ve accomplished together: LUMENOCITY, One City / One Symphony, the Pelléas Trilogy, the Concertos for Orchestra project, Brahms Fest, the MusicNOW, Beethoven collaborations [R]cycle of evolution – including the unforgettable Akademie concert, dozens of new commissions, two Grammy nominations for Best Orchestral Performance, Music Hall refurbishment, 125th anniversary season celebrations, touring international events, an appearance at Lincoln Center, mentoring Diversity Fellows, hundreds of concerts, galas, events, community engagement concerts, social media videos, the list goes on.
I’m excited for what’s yet to come! We still have three years together and we plan to do everything we can to imagine, create, innovate and generate new experiences. My tenure in Cincinnati is such an important chapter in my musical life and that is why it will be so special to come back often to lead the Orchestra and to find the musicians and the audience. “
CSO President and CEO Jonathan Martin said, “The next three seasons will be very special as we celebrate Louis’ remarkable artistry and dedication to our city. We have been the happy beneficiaries of his deep commitment to music and to sharing it as widely as possible. and look forward to a long relationship with him well beyond his tenure. “
The CSO is in the process of forming a research committee made up of board members, CSO musicians and administrative staff.
Louis Langrée has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center since 2003. Known for his imaginative programming, Langrée began his tenure in Cincinnati with Jennifer Higdon’s On a Wire with Eighth Blackbird ; A Lincoln Portrait of Copland, narrated by Maya Angelou; and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Two of his recordings in Cincinnati were nominated for the Grammy Awards for best orchestral performance: Transatlantic, with works by Varese, Gershwin and Stravinsky; and Concertos for orchestra, with world premieres by Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich and Zhou Tian. His Pelléas et Mélisande trilogy opposes sets by Fauré, Debussy and Schoenberg. A multi-season Beethoven [R]evolution cycle has associated the symphonies with world premieres and masterpieces of the 20th century, as well as the recreation of the legendary Akademie from 1808.
A regular at Lincoln Center since its debut in 1998, Langrée has conducted over 200 performances and concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the Great Performers series, and has given masterclasses at the Juilliard School. . Langrée raised the artistic profile and the repertoire of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra far beyond the classical period, from Lully to contemporary music. Highlights include Bernstein’s MASS, the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s first violin concerto with Lisa Batiashvili, and New York premieres of Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with Alisa Weilerstein and David Lang’s Man performed with Sō Percussion.
Defender of the music and composers of our time, Langrée has directed many creations, including those of Julia Adolphe, Daníel Bjarnason, Anna Clyne, Jonathan Bailey Holland, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Julia Wolfe among many others. including, in Cincinnati, the world premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 6, the composer’s latest opus. He has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the Orchester national de France, the Orchester de Paris and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, as well as the Orchester des Champs-Elysées, Friborg. Baroque and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In addition to the Met, he frequently conducts in major opera houses, including the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bavarian Staatsoper, and in festivals such as Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence. , BBC Proms, Edinburgh International and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Langrée was previously musical director of the Orchester de Picardie, the Opéra National de Lyon, the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, the Orchester Philharmonique Royal de Liège and conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. Originally from Alsace, France, he is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and he is an honorary member of the Confrérie Saint-Etienne d’Alsace, a brotherhood of Alsatian winegrowers dating back to the 14th century. century.
With a heritage spanning over 125 years, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is considered one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. Led by Louis Langrée since 2013, CSO’s distinguished roster of former musical directors includes Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ysaÿe, Fritz Reiner, Max Rudolf, Jesús López Cobos and Paavo Järvi. Matthias Pintscher is the Orchestra’s creative partner, and previous artistic partners have included Lang Lang, Philip Glass, Branford Marsalis and Jennifer Higdon. The Orchestra also performs under the name Cincinnati Pops, founded by Erich Kunzel in 1977 and currently conducted by John Morris Russell with Damon Gupton as principal guest conductor. The CSO further elevates the city’s vibrant arts scene by serving as the official orchestra for the Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet.
The CSO has long championed the composers and music of its time and has given historic American premieres by Claude Debussy, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, William Grant Still and other eminent composers. He also commissioned many works that eventually became mainstays of the classical repertoire, including two iconic works by Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man and Lincoln Portrait. The Orchestra continues to actively commission new works, amplifying new voices from a wide range of backgrounds, most recently with the Fanfare Project, a series of solo instrument works written for OSC musicians to mark a moment in time during the COVID pandemic.
Committed to the inclusion, relevance and improvement and expansion of opportunities for the children of Greater Cincinnati, the Orchestra strives to bring music education, in its many forms, to an audience as wide as possible. Education and awareness programs currently serve over 80,000 people per year. The CSO / CCM Diversity Fellowship, a nationally recognized program in partnership with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, provides Masters-level training and professional development and performance opportunities to high-level professionals. extraordinary young musicians from populations historically under-represented in classical music. The CSO is also an incubator and partner of NIMAN, a consortium of American orchestras, professional musicians and educators established to address racial inequity in classical music by aligning resources and collaborating to reinforce the trajectory of classical instrumentalists of color at all stages of their pre-career.