Unfortunately Conductor emeritus Mariss Jansons has had to cancel the concerts with the Concertgebouworkest on 18 and 19 September in Amsterdam and on 21 September in Bucharest due to health reasons. The orchestra is very grateful that the Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru has agreed to take over the programme unchanged at short notice.
In 2017 Cristian Măcelaru made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest with works by Mozart, Strauss and Wagner. He also conducted programmes in October 2018 and March 2019.
Cristian Măcelaru is Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne starting at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season. As Conductor-in-Residence, leads the Philadelphia Orchestra annually on subscription programs and special concerts since 2013. He is also Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra.
Cristian Măcelaru began his career as a violinist; he was the youngest concert master in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in the conducting programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. His main studies were with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, Houston. Winner of the 2014 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Măcelaru previously received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012.
Cristian Măcelaru came to public attention in February 2012, when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez in performances that met with critical acclaim.
He has since conducted orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.