Indianapolis symphony names 28-year-old as maestro

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 3:12 PM
Indianapolis symphony names 28-year-old as maestro

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has picked 28-year-old Krzysztof (KRIHST'-awf) Urbanski of Poland as its new music director.

Urbanski will take charge of what is one of only 18 full-time orchestras in North America in September 2011, becoming the seventh music director in the symphony's 80-year history.

Symphony officials announced Urbanski's selection Tuesday. Their search started after a breakdown in contract talks saw Mario Venzago leave the position in the summer 2009.

Urbanski was named chief conductor of Norway's Trondheim Symphony Orchestra last year and has been guest conductor of orchestras throughout Europe and Japan.

Symphony president Simon Crookall says audiences responded immediately to Urbanski's energy and musical vision during two stints as guest conductor this year.