US conductor to quit Paris Ensemble

30th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 29, 2007 (AFP) - US conductor John Nelson is to quit as musical director of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (EOP) at the end of the 2007-2008 season after a decade, the orchestra said on Thursday.

PARIS, March 29, 2007 (AFP) - US conductor John Nelson is to quit as musical director of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (EOP) at the end of the 2007-2008 season after a decade, the orchestra said on Thursday.

"The 10 years spent with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris were among the happiest and most motivating of my entire life," the 65-year-old said in a statement in French.

Nelson joined the "Mannheim"-style orchestra of 43 musicians, midway between a symphony and a chamber orchestra, in 1998.

Born in Costa Rica, he is a versatile and accomplished conductor who began at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1973 but also conducts church music at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

Known for his own homage to Berlioz, he and the EOP recently became the first Paris orchestra in several decades to record all the Beethoven symphonies.

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