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BSO appoints Moritz Gnann assistant conductor

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has a new assistant conductor, and he’s German. That’s apparently significant because it’s included in the first line of the BSO’s press release announcing the appointment: “The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed German Moritz Gnann as the orchestra’s new assistant conductor beginning with the 2015-16 season for a two-year term.” More interesting is that Gnann has worked with BSO music director Andris Nelsons at the Bayreuth Festival, where he assisted on a new production of “Lohengrin.” He has also collaborated with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, and Christian Thielemann. Gnann, who studied orchestral conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Dresden School of Music, will make his first podium appearance with the BSO during the 2016 Tanglewood season. In case you’re wondering, past BSO assistant conductors include Robert Spano, who’s now music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Grant Llewelyn, now the music director of the North Carolina Symphony, and, famously, Michael Tilson Thomas, who’s the San Fransisco Symphony music director.

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