Munich Philharmonic Planning to Replace General Manager Following Feud With Christian Thielemann

Classic Arts News   Munich Philharmonic Planning to Replace General Manager Following Feud With Christian Thielemann
 
The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra is planning to replace its Intendant (general manager), Wouter Hoekstra, because of a dispute between him and music director Christian Thielemann.

The Associated Press reports that Christian Ude, the mayor of Munich, was called in to mediate and subsequently said that the relationship between Thielemann and Hoekstra was "shattered."

Ude didn't give details of the conflict, but proposed terminating Hoekstra's contract and replacing him with Paul Mueller, general manager of the Bamberg Symphony, according to the AP.

Munich's political parties believe that ending the conflict and keeping Thielemann in Munich is of "outstanding interest" for the city, according to a statement from Ude's office.

Hoekstra joined the Munich Philharmonic in 2004 from Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he was director of artistic planning and operations.


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