The Arkansas Symphony, in Little Rock, USA, has this week announced Music Director and Principal Conductor Philip Mann will step down from the helm at the end of the 2018-2019 season.
Philip, 37, who has led the ensemble since 2010, has indicated he will be leaving to devote more time to international guest conducting.
A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Oxford Philomusica, he has previous served as an Assistant Conductor to Franz Welser-Möst, Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Jaime Laredo, Mario Venzago, Bramwell Tovey and Pinchas Zukerman.
“Philip is an inspiring leader, an extraordinary musician and a devoted colleague … it is a bitter sweet time for us … he is irreplaceable, but we are happy for his success,” Arkansas Symphony Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov has said.
Philip will continue his association with the ensemble as Music Director Laureate.