The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) welcomes Hong Kong-born Elim Chan as its next Principal Guest Conductor, succeeding Thomas Søndergård from 2018.
The Principal Guest Conductor is a member of the RSNO Artistic Team, led by the Music Director, and requires the incumbent to feature in two or more weeks of the Orchestra's Season.
Chan conducted the Orchestra for the first time in February this year, making her Scottish debut, and so impressed the musicians that it led to an immediate request for her to return less than two weeks later. Following her second appearance the RSNO requested a more formal relationship with Chan.
She follows Thomas Søndergård, who was announced as the next Music Director of the RSNO in May, and former Principal Guest Conductors Marin Alsop, Gary Bertini and Paavo Berglund.
The new Principal Guest Conductor Designate said of playing with the orchestra, "The first moment I joined the RSNO on-stage I already felt that something unique and gratifying was about to happen. I sensed a magical connection between the musicians and me that allowed us to make music in such a natural way, and I am grateful for everyone's openness and kindness to me. I am thrilled to be a part of the RSNO Artistic Team and to explore together what's ahead!"
Elim Chan's first Season as Principal Guest Conductor, the RSNO's 2018:19 Season, will be announced in March 2018. For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.
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