Daniele Gatti has been appointed the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s new chief conductor, a post he will assume in 2016. The Italian maestro will thus be the seventh chief conductor in the orchestra’s history. He will be succeeding Mariss Jansons, who announced in April 2014 he was relinquishing the post of chief conductor; Maestro Jansons will be leading the RCO in that capacity for the last time on 20 March 2015.
That’s from the announcement on the RCO website. I find it a rather surprising and disappointing appointment. Certainly, Gatti’s name never even entered my head when the great Jansons announced his resignation.
We shall see.