Bern Symphony Orchestra Announces New Chief Conductor

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Sabrina Ceballos)

The Bern Symphony Orchestra has appointed Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański the new Chief Conductor.

Urbański will take over the position at the opening of the 2024-25 season.

In a statement, the conductor said, “I am very happy to accept this appointment and work with the Bern Symphony Orchestra on a regular basis. I look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the musicians and the whole team of the BSO. During my first meeting with the orchestra, I noticed great potential and ambition. It felt like we had a strong musical connection which hopefully will develop to a wonderful relationship. I am also excited to experience Bern. It seems to be a beautiful and peaceful place where people are warm and kind. I hope to establish a bond with the audience by bringing diverse and interesting programs to the Casino Bern and sharing my passion for music with them.”

Urbański was Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2021 and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2017. He was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (2012 -2016) and Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra (2015–2021).