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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra finds replacement conductors for start of the season

10 August 2018

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is pleased to announce that the conductors Bernard Haitink, Kerem Hasan, Manfred Honeck and Thomas Hengelbrock have agreed to take over the concerts in the first four weeks of the 2018/2019 season which were originally scheduled with Daniele Gatti.

The orchestra ended its collaboration with chief conductor Gatti on 2 August.

23 August, 3, 4 and 5 September

The concerts on 23 August (Robeco SummerNights Series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), 3 September in Ljubljana (Cankarjev Dom), 4 September in Berlin (Musikfest Berlin) and 5 September in Lucerne (Lucerne Festival) will be taken over unchanged by Manfred Honeck:

23 August, 3 and 4 September

Webern – Fünf Sätze
Berg – Altenberg Lieder with soprano Anett Fritsch
Bruckner – Symphony No. 3

5 September

Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: prelude to Act III
Berg – Altenberg Lieder with soprano Anett Fritsch
Bruckner – Symphony No. 3

Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck was appointed music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the 2008/2009 season. He made previous appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2004 and 2016.


29 August and 6 September

The concerts on 29 August (Robeco SummerNights Series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam) and 6 September in Lucerne (Lucerne Festival) will be taken over by the orchestra’s honorary conductor Bernard Haitink. The programme has been changed to Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Bernard Haitink was appointed honorary conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1999, having served as its chief conductor from 1961 to 1988. Following his tenure as chief conductor, Maestro Haitink has continued to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a regular basis. He last led the orchestra in June 2018 in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.


1 September

Kerem Hasan will be taking over the concert at the Kourion in Episkopi, Cyprus. The programme is now as follows:

Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: prelude (Side by Side with young Cypriot musicians as part of RCO meets Europe).
Mahler – Symphony No. 9


Kerem Hasan

Kerem Hasan studied piano and conducting at institutions including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The recipient of a number of scholarships and stipends, he won the 2018 Aspen Conductor Prize. Hasan made his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra when he stood in for Bernard Haitink on 10 June 2018 conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.


14 September

Thomas Hengelbrock will be conducting the RCO Opening Night on 14 September, just as he did last year. The programme will remain unchanged.

Berlioz – Le carnaval romain
Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Evgeny Kissin, soloist)
Mendelssohn – ‘Italian’ Symphony
The programme will also feature music from well-loved operas by Rossini and Verdi.

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock served as chief conductor of the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg from 2011 to 2018. He was additionally appointed chef associé of the Orchestre de Paris in 2016. Hengelbrock made previous appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014 and 2017.

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