Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru, aged 39, has been designated to take over France’s National Orchestra, France Musique reports.
On the other hand, Le Figaro writes the appointment of the Romanian conductor comes as “a total surprise”, as his name was on no list of favorite people for such a position.
Cristian Măcelaru will take over the lead from Emmanuel Krivine, who led the French National Orchesta for the past four seasons.
39yo Cristian Măcelaru was born in Timișoara and studied the violin, becoming at 19 the youngest concert master of the Symphonic Orchestra in Miami. He focused later on a conducting career, starting next to the Philadelphia Orchestra and he regularly collaborated with the biggest orchestras in the U.S.
He had his first performance at Carnegie Hall in February 2015. Măcelaru is the musical director and conductor of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival and main conductor at WDR Sinfonieorchester (The Symphonic Orchestra in Cologne).