Maestro McKeich has had a close association with the Orchestra for two decades, including Associate Conductor since 2002.
The new role will see Maestro McKeich work with the NZSO to reach more communities around the country, present great classical works, and bring orchestral music to non-traditional venues, including music by contemporary and New Zealand composers.
“Hamish McKeich already has a long and fruitful association with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is respected and admired by our players, many guest soloists, numerous composers and fellow conductors,” says NZSO Chief Executive Christopher Blake.
“This appointment extends our partnership with Hamish and it will be an exciting time for both the Orchestra and our audiences.”
As well as the return of Maestro McKeich’s popular Shed Series in 2020, he’ll also conduct Emperor in April and May in Tauranga, Hamilton, Napier, Dunedin and Christchurch. The concerts feature works by Beethoven, Weber and Brahms, with soloist Diedre Irons performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor.
“It’s truly an honour to be able to cement my relationship further with the NZSO,” says Maestro McKeich.
“For 15 or so years we have given many wonderful performances and looked to extend the various ways orchestral music is presented to the New Zealand public. I’m looking forward to continuing the high-level performances and future innovative projects.”