Conductor Hugh Wolff Receives Medal from German State of Hesse

Classic Arts News   Conductor Hugh Wolff Receives Medal from German State of Hesse
 
Hugh Wolff, outgoing principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded the Hessische Verdienstorden, a medal presented by the government of the German state of Hesse for outstanding achievement or service.

He received the medal on June 24 in the town of Kloster Eberbach at the opening concert of the Rheingau Music Festival, for which he conducted the orchestra, soloists and the RIAS Kammerchor in Mozart's oratorio Davidde penitente.

Wolff served as chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony — known in German as the hr-Sinfonieorchester ("hr" referring to Hessische Rundfunk, Hessian Radio) — from 1997 through the end of the 2005-06 season. He first came to widespread attention as music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1992; he led the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as principal conductor from 1988 to 1992 and music director from 1992 to 2000. He moved his family from Germany to Minnesota last year and plans to increase his work the United States.


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