News release from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic:
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Announces Music Director Andrew Constantine Contract Extension
Constantine To Lead Fort Wayne’s Largest Performing Arts Institution Through the 2020 Season
(December 10, 2015) – The Fort Wayne Philharmonic today announced the extension of music director Andrew Constantine’s contract through the 2020 season. Constantine was named to the post in July 2009, and is currently in his 6th season as music director. He also serves as music director of the Reading (PA) Symphony Orchestra.
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“The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is currently at the beginning of a meaningful new era”, said Andrew Constantine. “I very much look forward to remaining part of the organisation and working with our wonderful musicians.”
Said Board Chair Ben Eisbart, “Andrew embodies the enviable combination of exceptional musical artistry, passion, wit, and charm. He is beloved by our audiences and we are thrilled he will remain with the Philharmonic into the next decade.”
As music director, Constantine will continue to appear as chief conductor on the Masterworks and Chamber Orchestra Series, and at Special concerts and Gala performances, among others. He will also lead the institution in all musical and educational matters, including selecting the Orchestra’s soloists, guest conductors, and musical personnel. He will remain the primary artistic spokesperson for the Philharmonic. In addition, he will continue to play an active role in promoting the Orchestra in the Fort Wayne community and throughout the region.
Having gained a reputation in Europe and the UK as a conductor of great skill, charisma, energy, and versatility, Andrew Constantine moved to the United States in 2004 to become Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Within his first season there he was promoted to Associate Conductor.
Constantine has won great praise for his ability to communicate with audiences, and his energetic and compelling advocacy for classical music has gained him many admirers. Described by Classic FM (the UK’s largest radio station) as “a Rising Star of Classical Music”, Andrew Constantine is regularly engaged by the UK’s leading symphony orchestras, including The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra, and by many others throughout Europe. He was recently awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Leicester, for this “contribution to music”, and also a prestigious British NESTA Fellowship to further develop his international career.
About the Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Now performing its 72nd season, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s mission is to inspire and foster a lifelong love of classical music through performance and education. The Phil is led by music director Andrew Constantine. The Phil is a member of the League of American Orchestras and a funded member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. For additional information visit fwphil.org.