Conductor Dan Ettinger leaves the Stuttgart Philharmonic

The Israeli conductor will end his collaboration with the orchestra in the summer of 2024, after leading the ensemble since 2015

The city of Stuttgart recently announced that the Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger will step down as chief conductor and general music director of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer of 2024. He has held the position since 2015 and has significantly developed the orchestra during that time.

The statement said Ettinger had stepped down for “personal reasons.” No further explanation was given for the sudden decision.

In addition to his position in Stuttgart, Ettinger has been music director of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv since 2018. Previously, he was music director of the National Theater in Mannheim (from 2009 to 2016) and principal conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ettinger initially studied piano and was a singer early in his career. He made his conducting debut in Tel Aviv in 1999.

“I am proud of the successes of all these years of collaboration with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and of the many special concerts,” said Ettinger. “The orchestra is now artistically stronger than ever and can look to the future with confidence.”

“Dan Ettinger was a real lucky guy for the Stuttgart Philharmonic,” said Dr. Fabian Mayerthe first mayor of Stuttgart. “He transformed the orchestra of the state capital into a first-class ensemble with artistic strength, creativity and an absolute awareness of quality.”

“We look back with great gratitude on his extremely successful work in the past eight and a half years in our cultural city,” Mayer continued. “I wish him all the best for his career and hope to welcome him back as a guest conductor to our orchestra in the future. The coming season will be particularly varied for the audience: with a wealth of different, well-known conductors in the second half of the anniversary year.”