The Concertgebouworkest’s Opening Night on 13 September will be led by Elim Chan. She is standing in for Franz Welser-Möst, who has expressed his regret at having to cancel.
He has been advised to rest for two weeks following a shoulder injury for which he is to undergo a minor operation at the beginning of September. Welser-Möst will be leading the Concertgebouworkest in its Christmas Matinee in December as planned.
Chan will be taking over the programme unchanged. It features Janine Jansen making a solo appearance in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, followed by the same composer’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and excerpts from his ballet Swan Lake. On 29 September, Elim Chan will return to the Concertgebouworkest to conduct the Children’s Concert Cinderella.
Elim Chan conducted the Concertgebouworkest for the first time in April 2018. She assumed the post of chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra this season. In addition, Chan holds the position principal guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since 2018.
Born in Hong Kong, Chan studied music in the United States at Smith College and at the University of Michigan. She became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in December 2014 and was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016/17.
Recent notable highlights include her North American debuts with the Detroit and Chicago symphony orchestras and performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon.