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Gergiev Named Chief Conductor of Munich Philharmonic

Munich city council today voted to appoint Valery Gergiev, the director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for a five-year term beginning in 2015.

Gergiev will succeed Lorin Maazel, whose contract expires in two years, the Munich Philharmonic said in a statement. Gergiev, 59, conducted the orchestra in a series of concerts of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich in 2011 and 2012. He described it as a “fantastic orchestra” in the statement.