Christoph Eschenbach has extended his contract as music director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The extension is for two years, through the end of the 2014-2015 season.
“This artistic home has been even more welcoming and rewarding than I had imagined,” responded Maestro Eschenbach. “The joy of the interactions among the various art forms makes the Kennedy Center a unique and special place, and the collaborative nature of the relationships is particularly pleasing. We work together. As for the NSO itself, the members arrive at every rehearsal prepared to make music of the highest caliber. I enjoy making music with them in every way possible—as conductor, soloist, and chamber performer—and their sense of adventure is extraordinary. Whether the work is from the heart of the symphonic repertoire, or a new piece by Augusta Read Thomas or Zakir Hussain, each and every time is a marvelous exploration.
We couldn’t be more thrilled, Maestro!