Samy Rachid, recently named assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Theresa Pewal.

“French conductor Samy Rachid is to succeed Anna Rakitina as one of two Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors,” writes Nicholas Beard in Thursday’s (2/16) Musical America (subscription required).  “He starts his two-year term under Music Director Andris Nelsons next fall and makes his debut conducting the BSO at Tanglewood in summer 2024. Earl Lee, appointed in 2021, is the other assistant. Rachid, assistant conductor of the Opéra National du Rhin, was until 2021 the cellist of the Arod Quartet; after winning 2nd Prize of the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, he became a conducting fellow of the Verbier Festival in 2022, where he worked under Gianandrea Noseda and took part of the Gstaad Conducting Academy…. Rachid continues to study under Mathieu Herzog, assisting him with the Orchestre Appassionato on several projects and working with singers. With the Arod Quartet [as cellist], he’s won the Carl Nielsen String Quartet Competition, the ARD Competition in Munich, and recorded for Warner Classics.”