Oregon Symphony Orchestra Names New Music Director

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Oregon Symphony has announced that Austrian conductor David Danzmayr will be its next Music Director.

Danzmayr’s appointment coincides with the upcoming season and the 125th celebration of the creation of the ensemble.

“We are thrilled to have David joining the Oregon Symphony as a creative leader with a unique artistic vision,” Scott Showalter, Oregon Symphony President and CEO, stated in a press release. “His inaugural season, with the implementation of his Creative Alliance, reflects his desire to embrace wide-ranging cultures while inspiring and challenging audiences, and is sure to open another rich chapter in Oregon Symphony history.”

Under the Oregon Symphony Creative Alliance, which will launch during the 2021-22 season, Danzmayr will aim to unite a wide range of musical innovators and artists with varied cultural thinking, such as Nathalie Joackim, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jun Märkl, Gabriel Kahane, Simone Lamsma and Johannes Moser.

“The Oregon Symphony is one of the county’s top orchestras, with talented musicians and a passionate community, and I am honored to have been selected as its next Musical Director,” Danzmayr said in a press release.” As part of my agenda, I’m committed to building upon the Symphony’s high standard of excellence with music that is meaningful to Oregon audiences.”

Danzmayr has enjoyed a successful international career that has taken him to Germany, Italy, Scotland and in the main cities of the United States.

The symphony orchestra serves more than 235,000 people annually through concerts, educational programs, and series such as SoundSights, Sounds of Home, and SoundStories.