Marek Janowski will become the next chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic. Janowski’s appointment comes after current chief Michael Sanderling decided not to renew his contract beyond 2019.
The news comes as something of a surprise, as in recent years the 78-year-old has focussed on his work as a guest conductor. Further, Janowski previously led the orchestra from 2001-04 and, while not unheard of, it is unusual for someone to return to such a position. He will take up the role in the 2019-20 season.
Dresden Phil chair Annekatrin Klepsch described the Polish-born German conductor as “a champion of the highest quality” and someone who could continue to build the orchestra’s international profile. He has previously held positions with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
As for Sanderling, Janowski’s appointment draws his protracted leaving process nearer to a close. In December 2016 he stated he would be resigning due to a clash with the city government over the orchestra’s budget. However, there has been speculation that the real reason for this was a rift in the relationship between Sanderling and the players.