Who's Conducting Which Orchestra?

In the event that some of you have not read (or even noticed) my list of which conductors are currently conducting which orchestras, I have posted it again here for your perusal. You will also find the list permanently posted to the left of the present article.

Like me, you probably have a hard time keeping track of who is conducting what orchestra. So, here is a list of some of the world's leading orchestras and their current conductors. If you hear of a change, please forward it to me (pucciojj@gmail.com) to help keep the list updated.

Also, my apologies if I did not include your favorite orchestra. For simple housekeeping reasons, I tried to keep the list as concise as possible. However, I'm sure I overlooked somebody important, and I am open to suggestions.

Last updated: May 27, 2018

Academy of Ancient Music - Richard Egarr
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Joshua Bell
Albany Symphony Orchestra - David Alan Miller
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Robert Spano
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - Marin Alsop
Bamberg Symphony - Jakub Hrusa
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Maris Jansons
Bavarian State Orchestra - Kirill Petrenko
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Sakari Oramo
BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Thomas Sondergard
BBC Philharmonic - Juanjo Mena
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Donald Runnicles
Berlin Philharmonic - Sir Simon Rattle
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra - Vladimir Jurowski
Boston Baroque - Martin Pearlman
Boston Pops Orchestra - Keith Lockhart
Boston Symphony Orchestra - Andris Nelsons
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Kirill Karabits
Budapest Festival Orchestra - Iván Fischer
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg
Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Guest conductors only
Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Riccardo Muti
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - John Morris Russell
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Louis Langree
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla
Cleveland Orchestra - Franz Welser-Möst
Concentus Musicus Wien - Erich Hobarth
Czech Philharmonic - Semyon Bychkov
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Jaap van Zweden
Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Tugan Sokhiev
Dresden Staatskapelle - Christian Thielemann
English Chamber Orchestra - Paul Watkins
English Concert - Harry Bicket
English Symphony Orchestra - Kenneth Woods
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) - Andres Orozco-Estrada
Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne - Markus Stenz
Halle Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - John Storgards
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra - Thomas Wilkins
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra - Jaap van Zweden
Houston Symphony - Andres Orozco-Estrada
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra - Zoltan Kocsis
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Zubin Mehta
Kansas City Symphony - Michael Stern
Konzerthausorchester Berlin - Ivan Fischer
Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Okko Kamu
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra - Andris Nelsons
London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vladimir Jurowski
London Symphony Orchestra - Valery Gergiev
Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel
Madrid Symphony Orchestra - Jesús López Cobos
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (Kirov Orchestra) - Valery Gergiev
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Fabio Luisi
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - Edo de Waart
Minnesota Orchestra - Osmo Vanska
Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Kent Nagano
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra - Gianluigi Gelmetti
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra - Valery Gergiev
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra - Yuri Simonov
National Symphony Orchestra, México - Carlos Miguel Prieto
National Symphony Orchestra, United States - Christoph Eschenbach
North German Radio Symphony Orchestra - Thomas Hengelbrock
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra - Markus Stenz
New Century Chamber Orchestra - Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
New York Philharmonic - Alan Gilbert
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Edo de Waart
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Jonathan Nott
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Antonio Pappano
Orchestre de Paris - Daniel Harding
Orchestre National de France - Emmanuel Krivine
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Rotating leadership
Oslo Philharmonic - Vasily Petrenko
Philadelphia Orchestra - Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Philharmonia Baroque - Nicholas McGegan
Philharmonia Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Manfred Honeck
Prague Chamber Orchestra - Guest conductors only
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra - Ward Stare
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Daniele Gatti
Royal Danish Orchestra - Alexander Vedernikov
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra - Edo de Waart
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Charles Dutoit
Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Peter Oundjian
Russian National Orchestra - Mikhail Pletnev
Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra - Yuri Temirkanov
San Francisco Symphony - Michael Tilson Thomas
Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Robin Ticciati
Seattle Symphony - Ludovic Morlot
Singapore Symphony Orchestra - Lan Shui
Staatskapelle Weimar - Stefan Solyom
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - David Robertson
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Daniel Harding
Sydney Symphony Orchestra - David Robertson
Teatro alla Scala Orchestra - Riccardo Chailly
Tonhalle Orchester Zurich - Lionel Bringuier
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - Dan Ettinger
Ulster Orchestra - Rafael Payare
Utah Symphony Orchestra - Thierry Fischer
Vienna Philharmonic - Guest conductors only
Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra - Jacek Kaspszyk
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne - Jukka-Pekka Saraste



  1. Some European orchestras who deserve a place on the list:

    München Philharmonic Orchestra - Lorin Maazel (soon Valery Gergiev)
    Swedish Radio Symphony - Daniel Harding
    Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin - Ivan Fischer
    Orchestra La Monnaie Brussels - Ludovic Morlot
    WDR Symphony Orchestra - Jukka Pekka Saraste
    Bavarian State Orchestra - Kent Nagano
    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra - Markus Stenz
    Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra - Edo de Waart
    NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg - Thomas Hengelbrock

  2. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Mariss Jansons
    Bavarian State Orchestra - Kirill Petrenko

  3. Thank goodness for readers. Thanks much.

  4. Four excellent orchestras in the UK:

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Thomas Sondergard)
    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Juanjo Mena)
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Donald Runnicles)
    Ulster Orchestra (JoAnn Falletta)

  5. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - Miguel Harth-Bedoya

  6. Jiří Bělohlávek passed away in 2017. Czech Philharmonic is now conducted by Semyon Bychkov.


John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio

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Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.

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