Kent Nagano stepping down from MSO in 2020

MONTREAL — Kent Nagano says he’ll be leaving as musical director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra when his contract expires in 2020.

Lucien Bouchard, chair of the orchestra’s board of directors, is praising Nagano’s leadership, creativity and discipline and says he will “leave an indelible mark on the institution.”

The orchestra wanted Nagano to stay on as music director.

The California-born maestro and the orchestra will continue to collaborate on various projects beyond 2020.

As international orchestras map out their seasons years in advance, management says it will move quickly to establish a plan to select Nagano’s successor.

Nagano has headed the MSO since 2006.

“Following a decade and a half as music director, it seems like a natural transition point at which to change the nature of our relationship and we are presently enjoying creative discussions about the directions in which that could lead,” he said in a statement.


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