Cleveland Orchestra Extend Music Director Franz Welser-Möst to 2027

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the contract extension of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst - through until the conclusion of the 2026-2027 season

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The Cleveland Orchestra has this week announced the contract extension of long-term Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst - through until the conclusion of the 2026-2027 season.

The 59-year-old Austrian-born conductor has led the ensemble since 2002.

“I am delighted to announce this extended contract, ensuring The Cleveland Orchestra’s acclaimed partnership with Franz Welser-Möst for an additional five years to 2027 ..." Chair of the Orchestra's Board of Trustees, Richard K. Smucker has this week said.

"From Franz’s work here over the past quarter century, from everything we’ve witnessed and experienced across our Centennial Celebrations in 2018 to today, and through ongoing discussions and plans for the future, I know there is so much more to look forward to ... this pairing," he has said.

“I am humbled by the faith that the musicians of the Orchestra and everyone in Cleveland has placed in my hands ... I continue to be energized by these incredible artists and by all that we are able to do together ..." Franz Welser-Möst has this week said.

"There is no better place in the world to work and to create music together than what The Cleveland Orchestra and community have offered to me," he has said.