Xian Zhang at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

We’ve been excited about the appointment since it was first announced – and now Xian Zhang’s first season as music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has officially begun! The appointment was highly praised at the time – and for good reason.  Zhang, who is an internationally acclaimed conductor and has led major ensembles in Milan, London, and Beijing, will be the ensemble’s 14th music director, and the first woman to hold the role.  The NJSO was enthusiastic about introducing her to their audiences and even shared a video introduction on their website: Though a quick look through the NJSO’s…

Monday Link Round Up: April 11, 2016

News to start your week!   Susanna Mälkki’s work continues to be recognized.  Not long ago she was named the new Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and just this week it was announced that she is the new Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Read the story at the Los Angeles Times, or read the press release at the LA Philharmonic website.   In more conducting news, Xian Zhang, who was recently named the first female Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony, is conducting the ensemble for the first time since the announcement.  (Her tenure doesn’t…