BBC Philharmonic Announces New Chief Conductor

By Francisco Salazar

BBC Philharmonic has announced that John Storgårds has been appointed the Chief Conductor of BBC Philharmonic.

Storgårds appointment builds on an existing fruitful relationship with the orchestra which began in 2010 and saw him become the Chief Guest Conductor in 2017. The conductor has a dual career as a conductor and violinist, and is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa and the Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.

In a statement, Storgårds said, “Having first worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010, then taking up the position of Principal Guest Conductor in 2012, and in 2017 becoming Chief Guest Conductor, it is with pure enthusiasm that I’m now going to be the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor. Over my many years of collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic, our partnership has been built on great musicmaking and trust. Together, we have already completed a number of fantastic projects; tours in the North of England and at the orchestra’s home in Salford and at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, appearances at the BBC Proms, and our many international tours and festival visits. We have also made many dynamic recordings in our Salford studio, most prominently for BBC Radio 3 and our label partners at Chandos Records. The BBC Philharmonic is widely known as an extraordinarily brilliant, skilful and versatile orchestra. I am very proud to be continuing our musical journey together with the wonderful musicians and great staff of this fine ensemble!”

Simon Webb, Director of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra added, “Having built a strong and trusting relationship with John over the last decade, we are delighted that he is now joining us as Chief Conductor. His Sibelius and Nielsen symphony cycles in Manchester, on Radio 3, and recorded for Chandos laid the foundations for a relationship that has seen John and the BBC Philharmonic thrill audiences at the BBC Proms, on international tours, on Radio 3, and in venues across the North of England. Embracing the full range of the BBC Philharmonic’s work, John has worked with shows such as Blue Peter and The One Show, and he has conducted world premieres for HK Gruber and Outti Tarkiainen, amongst others. John always brings an energy and conviction rooted in his love for this great orchestra.”