Christoph Eschenbach, formerly music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Houston Symphony, will take on the same role with the National Symphony in Washington. He also will occupy a newly created post, music director of the Kennedy Center.
The 68-year-old German conductor and pianist will serve as the orchestra's music director-designate until Iván Fischer's term as the NSO's principal conductor expires at the end of next season. Eschenbach's initial contract runs from the 2010-11 through 2013-14 seasons, Anne Midgette reports in The Washington Post:
The Post's Marc Fisher liberally links to varying views of Eschenbach in Philadelphia: