Valery Gergiev (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Astapkovich)Acclaimed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev is to take over as chief conductor at one of Germany’s leading orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic in 2015.The Artistic Director of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre Gergiev will replace Lorin Maazel whose contract expires in 2015. The news was announced in an official statement from Munich City Council on Wednesday.Gergiev’s contract with the Munich Philharmonic will span five years and expire in 2020. “Valery Gergiev is without doubt one of the most important, influential and inspirational conductors of our time,” said Munich’s Culture Minister Hans-Georg Kueppers. “His youthful energy and enthusiasm will not only benefit the orchestra. His ability and charisma will also shape audiences of all different age groups and Munich’s musical life,” Kueppers said.”The Munich Philharmonic is a fantastic orchestra with a great trad
ition,” Gergiev was quoted as saying in the statement. “We know each other very well. I’m happy that we can intensify our artistic collaboration.”Gergiev has headed the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg for over 20 years and has served as the chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007. LSO has already confirmed in a statement that they will not be prolonging Gergiev’s contract which ends in two years time.