The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic has appointed ANDREW CONSTANTINE as its seventh music director; he will serve as music director designate in the 2009-10 season and begin full-time duties in 2010-11, succeeding EDVARD TCHIVZHEL, who stepped down as music director at the end of the 2007-08 season. Constantine has been music director of the Reading (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra since 2007. For three years prior to that he was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, first as assistant conductor and subsequently as associate conductor. Recent guest engagements have included the Syracuse and Quad City symphony orchestras; the Fort Wayne, Boise, City of Mexico, and George Enescu philharmonics; and the National Symphony of Taiwan. A native of England, Constantine received his training at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, with Leonard Bernstein at Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and at the Leningrad Conservatory. He was awarded first prize in the Donatella Flick/Accademia Italiana Conducting Competition.

Posted June 25, 2009