Daniele Rustioni Appointed Chief Conductor Of Ulster Orchestra

By Francisco Salazar

Daniele Rustioni has been appointed to become the Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra.

The orchestra announced that Rustioni will succeed Rafael Payare in September 2019.

In a press statement, Rustioni noted, “I perceived a special connection with the Ulster Orchestra ever since I first set foot on the podium at Ulster Hall as a guest conductor a couple of years ago. Emotion and brilliance from the musicians combined with the Hall’s magical atmosphere allows the sound to soar from every instrument and envelope you completely. And what can I say about the touching and exhilarating reception from the wonderful Northern Ireland audience? My heartfelt thanks go to Rafael for his great work and for his warm support in ‘passing the baton.’

“I am delighted and profoundly grateful to take the position of Chief Conductor with this fabulous orchestra and I can hardly wait to get started, sharing inspiring music, and collaborating with all the exciting projects that are already taking shape. It will be a thrilling adventure for all of us.”

Rustioni is the music director of the Opéra de Lyon and is one of the most sought-after maestros of his generation. Next up on his schedule are performances with the Indianapolis Symphony as well as with the Teatro de La Maestranza.