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Texas' Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Appoints Principal Guest Conductor

German conductor Kevin John Edusei will assume the role with an initial three-year contract, beginning in the 2022-23 Season


Kevin John Edusei will serve as Principal Guest Conductor Designate beginning January 1, 2022, and become Principal Guest Conductor on August 1, 2022.

He succeeds Robert Spano, who will assume the title of Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony on August 1, 2022.

Edusei’s first appearance in the U.S. was in 2004 at the Aspen Music Festival where he was awarded the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting by David Zinman.

He is currently serving his eighth and final season as Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony. Under his leadership, the orchestra was awarded the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government in 2018. Edusei also served as Chief Conductor of the Bern Opera House from 2015 to 2019.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor," said Edusei. "When I made my debut here in September, I was struck not only by the superb musicianship of the instrumentalists, but also by the sense of shared musical purpose that infuses the entire organization. It is a special atmosphere that I look forward to being an even greater part of, and I couldn't ask for a better landing spot in the U.S. as I look to expand my horizons here.”

“With Robert Spano’s appointment earlier this year as Music Director, and Kevin John Edusei’s new role as Principal Guest Conductor, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has secured truly exceptional artistic leadership of the highest international caliber," President and CEO Dr. Keith Cerny. "I look forward to working closely with these two visionary leaders to continue to elevate the already outstanding artistic quality and capabilities of the FWSO.”

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