Music Director Philip Mann To Step Down From Arkansas Symphony After 10th Season

The Arkansas Symphony has announced Music Director and Principal Conductor Philip Mann will step down from the helm at the end of the 2018-2019 season

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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.