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Eliahu Inbal is new TSO chief conductor

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Eliahu Inbal will focus on Mahler’s complete works with the Taipei-based orchestra. The 83-year-old conductor believes that Mahler’s oeuvre is very good for reshaping and training the orchestra.

By Yali Chen
 
Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has chosen Israel-born conductor Eliahu Inbal, the Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, to become its next chief conductor, the orchestra’s director Ho Kang-kuo said on March 20.
 
Inbal will succeed Gilbert Varga after the British conductor stepped down in December 2018. The Taipei-based orchestra embarked on the selection process of its new principal conductor in May 2018. After three committee meetings, the committee members, including music professionals, Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the orchestra members, unanimously selected Inbal as the TSO new chief conductor. His term will be from August 2019 to July 2022.
 
The charismatic Israeli conductor has garnered international acclaim for his interpretations of Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner on a number of award-winning recordings. His performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, part of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Mahler cycle, was also released on DVD.
 
Inbal was the first to record the original versions of Bruckner’s symphonies. He has also received special recognition particularly for his interpretations of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies.
 
After taking his duties up in August, Inbal will focus on Mahler’s complete works with the Taipei-based orchestra. The 83-year-old conductor believes that Mahler’s oeuvre is very good for reshaping and training the orchestra.
 
As a result, under his baton, the TSO is set to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of A Thousand” in October 2019. After their first concert in Taipei, it is widely expected that Inbal will launch a series of concerts of Mahler, Anton Bruckner and Shostakovich during his tenure.
 
Inbal won first prize in the Cantelli Conducting Competition at the age of 26. Since then, he has enjoyed international renown and has conducted leading orchestras around the world. He has been appointed principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, who named him Conductor Laureate in 2014.