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Changes in artistic leadership and management at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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2018 has been a period of organisational change for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with both Chief Conductor and Managing Director concluding their longstanding roles with the organisation.

The TSO’s current Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Marko Letonja, will come to the end of his seven-year tenure at the end of 2018. His successor will be acclaimed Norwegian Conductor Eivind Aadland, who will commence in the 2020 season. The interim 2019 season will feature a formidable range of celebrated international conductors, as well as several performances from the TSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Johannes Fritzsch. Aadland will conduct one concert in August 2019 and will oversee the creation of the 2020 program.

The TSO will continue a strong relationship with Letonja, who was recently named the orchestra’s inaugural Conductor Laureate, a three-year engagement which will see Letonja spending at least three weeks in Tasmania annually where he will conduct orchestral performances as well as the renowned Opera in Concert series he was instrumental in initiating.

The TSO’s Managing Director, Nicholas Heyward, announced in February that he will step down at the end of 2018. During his 17-year tenure his considerable achievements have included the stewardship of the TSO through its divestment from the ABC, the introduction of the TSO Foundation, and cementing the TSO’s reputation as a leading orchestral exponent of Australian music by means of consistent programming of Australian composers, regular commissioning of new Australian works, and a lengthy recording catalogue. His contribution will be celebrated through the Heyward Prize, a competition open to Australian composers resident in Tasmania.