Elias Grandy named Chief Conductor of Sapporo Symphony Orchestra from 2025

Sapporo Symphony Orchestra announced their Chief Conductor from 2025. The German conductor Elias Grandy will take over the position for an initial three years starting in April 2025. Grandy has conducted the orchestra for the first time in 2020 shortly before the pandemic. He returned in 2022 conducting a program of Wagner, Shostakovich and Debussy confirming the strong connection with the musicians. The first tenure will focus on works by Mahler and Strauss and is hoped to be the beginning of a long relationship.

Ryosuke Miyashita, SSO’s Director of Concert Planning says: „Sapporo Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to invite Elias Grandy as our upcoming Chief Conductor. He is a unique conductor with rich knowledge and experience, full of love for the music as well as deep thoughts and ideas about the performing arts. I believe that Elias Grandy is the most remarkable conductor that we have met in recent years, who has the talent to let us move forward into a new era.“

Sapporo Symphony’s new Chief Conductor was born in Munich to German and Japanese parents. He served in several German opera houses before being appointed Music Director in Heidelberg in 2015, a position he held until 2023.