Riccardo Muti to Step Down from Chicago Symphony Orchestra

By Francisco Salazar

Riccardo Muti is stepping down as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The conductor, whose contract is ending at the end of 2022-23 season, will continue performing but less frequently and without the demands of being the orchestra’s music director.

Muti became Music Director of the Chicago orchestra in 2010 and will leave after 13 years. However, next season he is booked for six weeks with the orchestra in 2023-24, including the two opening sets of concerts, appearances at Carnegie Hall, and a three-week European tour, and another six weeks in 2024-25.

He is also slated to receive the title of music director emeritus.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is currently looking for the next Music Director and Muti has said he has carefully avoided being involved in any way with the orchestra’s search for his successor.