Music graduate Kerem Hasan appointed Chief Conductor in Innsbruck

Music graduate Kerem Hasan appointed Chief Conductor in Innsbruck

Published: 28/09/2018

Kerem Hasan has been unveiled as Chief Conductor of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester, where he will take charge from the 2019/20 season.

The new role will see the 26-year-old assume responsibility for symphonic concerts of the Tiroler Landestheater und Orchester GmbH Innsbruck. Kerem will also conduct one opera production each season.

News of Kerem’s appointment comes months after he successfully substituted for his mentor Bernard Haitink, conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

The news is the latest in a string of successes for the Conducting department at the Royal Conservatoire, which is consistently ranked in the world’s top ten institutions for performing arts education. Earlier in September, Leverhulme Conducting Fellow Simon Proust came second in the Princess Astrid International Music Competition held in Trondheim, Norway, amid a global field of competitors. In April, Masters Conducting graduate Ryan Bancroft won the 2018 Malko Competition for Young Conductors.

Garry Walker, Artistic Director of Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire, said: “Congratulations to Kerem on his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester. Kerem is one of the finest conductors of his generation and has the ability to draw the most dynamic, engaging performances from an orchestra.

“His success comes hot on the heels of Leverhulme Fellow Simon Proust’s podium place at the Princess Astrid International Music Competition, yet more evidence of the high standard of the Conducting department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”

Kerem pursued a joint principal study in piano and conducting at the Royal Conservatoire, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in 2014. His appointment is the latest success in a flourishing conducting career. In August 2017, he won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. The previous year, Kerem was a finalist at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London, after which he was awarded the position of Associate Conductor at Welsh National Opera.

Upcoming highlights of the current season include debuts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica Teatro La Fenice, MDR Symphony Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken, New Japan Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

Reflecting on his appointment, Kerem said: “It’s an absolute honour to be asked by such a wonderful group of musicians to further develop our relationship. We had a wonderful first concert together and I look forward to building on it.

“Spending four years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland gave me the chance to develop as a musician, to learn and make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment and to be able to turn to advice from some extraordinary teachers and mentors.

“My new role has put me in a great position to expand on what I learned at RCS and to bring my strong musical education to the orchestra in Innsbruck.”

Visit the Conducting degree page for information on studying conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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