Klaus Mäkelä, the 26-year-old Finn who in the past few years has skyrocketed to star status among conductors, has been tapped as the next artistic leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
Mäkelä, who has led the Oslo Philharmonic since 2020 and will assume direction of Orchestre de Paris in the 2022-23 season, will gradually take charge of the Concertgebouw, becoming artistic partner this fall and chief conductor in 2027.
He fills a vacancy left when the Concertgebouw dismissed Daniele Gatti in 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct, which Gatti has denied.
The New York Times’ Joshua Barone reports on Mäkelä’s Amsterdam appointment:
UPDATE (June 12): The Concertgebouw’s principal double-bassist, Dominic Seldis, interviews Mäkelä: