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  • A change of artistic management

    New challenges and undertakings for the ORT

    Increasingly in demand on an international level, Daniele Rustioni has taken the responsible decision to step aside. Daniele Spini is appointed new artistic director by the foundation’s board of directors.

    We wish to report that the Fondazione ORT board of directors met last week to discuss Daniele Rustioni’s resignation from the role of artistic director.

    The reasons for the decision are due to the fact that 2023 will be a fundamental year for the Orchestra della Toscana. It is facing the most important change since its creation forty-three years ago. Several calls for applications have been or are about to be published to fill ten principal positions. Signalling a real revolution, this is a hard process that will change the face of the ORT.
    In order to cope with all this, the Fondazione ORT board of directors had asked Maestro Daniele Rustioni to spend more time in Florence. However, because of his extensive activity as an international conductor this was something he felt unable to guarantee. Out of a sense of responsibility and his sincere affection for our institution, he therefore made this decision.

    The board has accepted his resignation with sadness, while fully understanding and sharing the reasons behind it. Despite appreciating the maestro’s work and attachment, the board nevertheless deemed it appropriate to proceed immediately with his replacement.
    The board therefore voted unanimously to appoint Prof. Daniele Spini as artistic director from 1 February 2023, for the next two-year period.
    The artistic future of the ORT has thus been entrusted to one of the most qualified professionals, with proven experience and integrity. He knows all about our situation and will succeed in giving our orchestra the polish it deserves, so that we can face the important challenges ahead.

    I’m honoured to take over from a musician I admire,” comments Daniele Spini, “within a glorious institution that I have already been serving for almost a year in an intense and happy collaboration under the far-sighted and successful artistic direction of Daniele Rustioni. I would like to thank the board of directors and say a fond farewell to Rustioni, while being committed to ensuring that the ORT maintains the closest possible ties with him that his extraordinary career will allow.

    23 january 2023

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