Conductor Ilan Volkov Withdraws from Edinburgh Festival (For a Good Reason)

Classic Arts News   Conductor Ilan Volkov Withdraws from Edinburgh Festival (For a Good Reason)
 
With all the recent news of major last-minute cancellations, especially from the Salzburg Festival, it's good to report a withdrawal for a happy reason.

Ilan Volkov, the chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, has pulled out of his ensemble's performance of Stravinsky's Orpheus and Oedipus Rex at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 23.

The BBC SSO announced last week that Volkov is expecting "the imminent arrival of his first child" and has decided that he should remain at home in Israel for the time being.

Taking the podium for the performance will be Susanna M‹lkki, who last year became music director of Ensemble Intercontemporain, the famed Paris new music group founded by Pierre Boulez in 1976. Born in Helsinki in 1969, M‹lkki studied with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam at the Sibelius Academy — the conducting course that produced the often-remarked-on group of prominent Finnish conductors that includes Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo V‹nsk‹ and Sakari Oramo.

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