The Singapore Symphony, in Singapore, has this week announced the appointment of Austrian conductor Hans Graf as its new Chief Conductor - effective from the commencement of the 2020-2021 season.
Maestro Graf previously served as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Basque National Orchestra - and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.
He will succeed Chinese-American conductor Lan Shui in the role - who had lead the ensemble from 1997 until his recent retirement.
“I am delighted to welcome Hans Graf as our Chief Conductor ... he brings with him a wealth of experience and insightful musicianship," Orchestra Board Chairman Goh Yew Lin has this week said.
“When I first came to Singapore, I found an orchestra of international level ... now I am pleased and honoured to be invited to work with them in the future ... " the 70-year-old conductor has said.
"I feel in them the joy of making music which fuels their assiduous effort to reach ever higher levels - and it will be my goal to lead and go forward with them in this noble passion," he has said.