The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra hereby announces that its Managing Director Jan Raes has decided to resign from his position at the end of December 2019. Jan Raes was appointed as Managing Director in 2008 and will then have served the orchestra for over 11 years.
Jan Raes: "The orchestra is preparing for a new phase in its existence with the succession of its chief conductor and a retiring artistic director next year. I believe that the orchestra will benefit from a new face in my position that will give direction to the next era. Having fulfilled this demanding position for an extensive period, I am ready to focus my energy on a new challenge, although it is difficult for me to part with an institution and people who have become so dear to me. I look back with great satisfaction at what has been achieved together in the past years. The rejuvenation and excellence of the orchestra, the reach of a newer audience, its good financial position and the recently opened RCO House for the musicians stand out for me personally. I would hereby like to thank my inspirational colleagues for their confidence as well as their support and I cherish my admiration for the fragile beauty that we have delivered and shared around the globe."
Wiet Pot, Chairman of the Board of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: "We are very appreciative and grateful to Jan for his leadership, creativity and vision. During the past 11 years, many innovative and successful initiatives have been developed under his leadership, including numerous premieres, debuts and come-backs from a series of world class conductors, the World Tour 2013, RCO Meets Europe in 28 EU member states including the young talent Side by Side projects, the multi-disciplinary series Horizon and the Essentials concerts. On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our great appreciation for Jan's stewardship during this period and his important contribution to the development and continued success of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The Board will shortly start the procedure to find a successor for Jan Raes.