Day 150 - Hiring a Russian Star Conductor
Following Robin Ticciati as principal conductor of the SCO was always going to be a hard act, and locating the right candidate a real headache. However sometimes luck takes a hand. When an artist cancels it is always an opportunity to learn about someone new, but when Maxim Emelyanychev replaced an indisposed conductor for a week the SCO got more than they bargained for. SCO CEO Gavin Reid remembers getting phone calls from players during the interval of the first rehearsal saying 'we have to have this man, he is just wonderful!' So Reid swooped and the results could be seen in an astonishing Beethoven performance before the sudden closure of Perth Concert Hall in March 2020 because of the Coronavirus. Emelyanychev is charismatic with relationships with some of the worlds greatest artists such as Joyce DiDonato and, with a new concert hall on the horizon, the SCO's future looks bright.
SCO introduces Emelyanychev click here
Emelyanychev introduces 20-21 Season click here
Emelyanychev conducts Beethoven's 7th Symphony click here