Chief Conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele

Pietari Inkinen announced as the next Chief Conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele

March 17th 2014 -

Pietari Inkinen was today announced as the next Chief Conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg in a position to initially last three years as of 2015, in which the Finnish conductor will present up to five performances during each season.

Thomas Wördehoff, Director of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele said "In Pietari Inkinen we have one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. With him, we will be able to expand and refine the profile and repertoire of our Orchestra".

Inkinen will open the 2014 Festival on 15th May with a performance which will include works by Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and Jean Sibelius.

Inkinen will also continue serving his current positions as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as well as regularly conducting orchestras of the highest level including Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

In September 2013, Inkinen was taken on at relatively short notice to conduct Opera Australia´s first ever production of Wagner´s Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Neil Armfield. This, the third ever Ring Cycle in Australia´s history was met with the highest acclamation from the international press and described as "…theatrically enthralling, conceptually provoking, and visually gorgeous…" (Sydney Morning Herald).

Founded in 1932 and held annually in Ludwigsburg between May and July, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele is one of the oldest festivals in Germany and actively promotes musical performance, dance, theater and literature.