I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just been appointed music director of the Orchestre National de Belgique/Nationaal Orkest van België effective September 2017. I first conducted this orchestra in 2010 and am very happy that our relationship has deepened. I am so impressed with the musicians’ enthusiasm and commitment and believe we can make a real impact in a rapidly changing musical landscape. Belgium and Brussels are at the heart of the European Union, whose very existence is premised on cooperation among different cultures. The success of this endeavor has never been more important. The arts - and music in particular - have a critical role to play and I’m excited to be part of that.
What's on my desk today…
The new season gets under way in September at New England Conservatory with Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry and Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony. At NEC this year we will perform a work by a living composer on virtually every program, with a special emphasis on women composers. I look forward to returning to the Atlanta Symphony in October with an American program of Adams, Copland and Gershwin and to my first appearance with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra with Emanuel Ax as soloist. Manny and I have performed together dozens of times over the years - it’s always a great pleasure to work with him!
Click here to watch a recent concert with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra
"Mr. Wolff and his young charges closed the concert with a bang-up performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6. The Presto finale, with the young players reveling in the thrill of collective virtuosity, was sheer joy." - The New York Times
"Wolff's Shostakovich 10 was powerful, three-dimensional and devastating, and the Atlanta Symphony blossomed by his approach. Much of the opening movement builds to an unbearable tension. Wolff paced it tautly and meaningfully, with understated authority. When the music finally crossed that emotional threshold and plummeted into some dark netherworld of a broken psyche, Wolff did not, would not, relent... Credit Wolff with delivering the crucial essence of a harrowing masterpiece of the 20th century."
"Conductor Hugh Wolff presided over one of the Utah Symphony’s most high-spirited programs of the season on Friday. From Beethoven’s ever-popular “Leonore” Overture No. 3 to Saint-Saëns’ playful Cello Concerto No. 1 to Charles Ives’ invigorating Symphony No. 2, the concert was a sheer delight."
"The evening's strength was the conductor, Hugh Wolff, an urbane host who without undue Sturm und Drang made Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, the composer's third, an absolute delight."
Click here to read the full review from the Washington Post