Concerto Köln Appoints Kent Nagano Honorary Conductor

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Felix Broede)

The Concerto Köln has appointed legendary conductor Kent Nagano as Honorary Conductor.

The appointment was made on Oct. 20, 2019. Nagano who is known for both opera and orchestral repertoire, has collaborated with the early music ensemble since 2011. The focus of the collaboration currently lies on academic research and, starting in 2021, on the historically informed performance of Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” – “WagnerReadings.”

In a press release Artistic Director Alexander Scherf noted, “What we have in common: curiosity, the eagerness to explore and the courage to transcend boundaries. Kent is a musician who never ceases to ask questions and whose thinking never stands still. Backed by mutual sympathy and respect, each and every one of our encounters has been a true source of inspiration.”

Nagano and Concerto Köln have collaborated on such works as Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Mozart’s “Idomeneo” and are set to collaborate on works by Debussy, Offenbach and Wagner.

“Concerto Köln and I have enjoyed a remarkable collaboration for a number of years. Be it Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’, the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven or, most recently, Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring of the Nibelung’ – we manage to rediscover the music together,” Nagano added. “The energy and power of the orchestra, the gripping playing style and the musical curiosity of Concerto Köln are inspiring. I am very pleased to accept the appointment of Honorary Conductor of this ensemble.”