BBC Orchestra of Wales Announces First Titled Female Conductor

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It has been announced today that Chinese-born conductor Xian Zhang has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

A graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatory and the University of Cincinnati, Xian, 42 is the first female conductor to be appointed to a titled position with a BBC Orchestra.

‘I’m very honoured to be one of the first … in a way it brings me more pressure because I want to set a good record for the later ones,’ she has said.

Xian served as Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2006 – and just last month was announced as the new Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony.

Xian will commence her position in September 2016.

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