Yan Pascal Tortelier has been hired as chief conductor of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, according to RÚV.
The French conductor is internationally known and highly respected for his work. He was principal conductor and artistic director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989-1992), principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (2009-2011) and chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic (1992-2003).
He has conducted the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra three times: first at the Reykjaík Arts Festival in 1998, then in 2012 when the Orchestra moved into its new home at Harpa concert hall, and finally, at a concert in March this year.
Yan Pascal is the orchestra’s fourteenth chief conductor since it was established in 1950. He is hired from the beginning of 2016 and has a three-year contract.
He has confirmed that he will be recording with the orchestra for the British-based label Chandos Records, according to Gramophone, which quotes him as saying, “I am delighted and moved to be asked to become the chief conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and am flattered and happy to discover that the musicians committee voted unanimously to offer it to me.”