A Deutsche Presse-Agentur story posted 12/22 at the website Monsters and Critics reports that Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has been named chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to succeed Eliahu Inbal in September 2012. The 64-year-old Belohlavek, currently chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor at Prague’s National Theatre, “is to return to the Prague-based [Czech Philharmonic] after two decades. He was its top conductor between 1990 and 1992, but left after the orchestra chose German conductor Gerd Albrecht for his post. In 1994, he founded the Prague Philharmonia. …He has also collaborated with orchestras across the world, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris.”

Posted December 23, 2010