Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School has announced that Music Director David Zinman is leaving the festival. Aspen is in the process of beginning a search for a new music director and finding replacement conductors for the 2010 concert season, scheduled to take place from July 1 to August 22.  Zinman began as music director of the AMFS in 1997; in 2000 he and then-AMFS President and CEO Robert Harth co-founded the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. In recent years Zinman has increased his presence in Europe; he is music director and chief conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and regularly conducts orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Concertgebouw, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Alan Fletcher, Aspen’s current president and CEO, said in a press release, “David is a consummate musician and has done much to elevate the level of artistry here at the festival. We are grateful for all that David has done for this institution, and hope he will return as a guest conductor for many summers to come.”

Posted April 12, 2010