Hugh Wolff is named new Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique
26 Feb 2016
The new chief conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra is known. The Orchestra and ICA are delighted to announce that from September 2017, American conductor Hugh Wolff takes over the baton from Andrey Boreyko, the orchestra’s music director since 2012.
Hugh Wolff was the chief-conductor of the hr- Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt (1997-2006) and the principal conductor and music director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota (1988-2000). Alongside this he has conducted all the most important American Orchestras (New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, San Francisco...) and is a regular guest conductor in Europe (with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, the Orchestre National de France...) and throughout the world in Japan, Canada and Australia.
Born in Paris to American parents, Wolff spent his early years in London and Washington DC. His final year in high school, he studied piano with Leon Fleisher and composition with George Crumb. After graduating from Harvard College in 1975, Wolff won a fellowship to study conducting with Charles Bruck and composition with Olivier Messiaen in Paris.
As a conductor he has a well-defined vision on the functioning of a symphony orchestra and a special interest in education: he wants to make symphonic music more interesting and appealing for youngsters. In addition, Hugh Wolff emphasises the importance of a thematic approach of each concert, he also does so for each concert season. As the conductor of the hr-Sinfonieorchester he was known for his creative programming where he dared to put opposing works together.