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ASO appoints Australian Principal Conductor

ASO Artistic Leadership Team Announcement on April 15. Nicholas Carter Principal Conductor. Photo: Shane Reid.

ASO Artistic Leadership Team Announcement on April 15. Nicholas Carter Principal Conductor. Photo: Shane Reid.

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has appointed 29-year-old Nicholas Carter as Principal Conductor – the first time an Australian has been appointed to lead a major Australian orchestra for nearly 30 years.

From 2016, Mr Carter will head a new artistic leadership team that includes two outstanding international artists: the renowned British conductor, Jeffrey Tate, as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser; and living musical legend – conductor, violinist, violist and teacher – Pinchas Zukerman, as Artist-in-Association.

ASO Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello, said the appointment of the new artistic leadership team was a clear demonstration of the ASO’s self-belief, confidence and optimism; and its ambition to gain greater recognition on the international stage.  “This announcement is an exciting moment in the life of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and in the cultural life of Australia,” Mr Ciccarello said.

“The appointment of a new artistic leadership team is a statement of our belief in the future of the ASO: a future of discovery and adventure that is grounded in and respectful of tradition and our history – appropriate given we celebrate our 80th anniversary next year,” he said.

Nicholas, together with Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s newly appointed Assistant Conductor Toby Thatcher, is a graduate of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development program, which is supported by all six of the Australian symphony orchestras.

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