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Music Director

Music Director

John Axelrod SNO

M° John Axelrod

Music Director and Principal Conductor

The Swiss National Orchestra has appointed maestro John Axelrod for his first term as music director. Born American, he recently became a naturalized Swiss citizen and brings with him twenty-five years of international experience as a conductor in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, Romania, Austria, Poland, Japan, the United States, and Switzerland. Maestro John Axelrod was also Music Director in Lucerne from 2004-2009, is guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano ‘La Verdi’, performed at the Montreux Jazz, Septembre Musical and Lucerne Festivals and conducted the Concours de Genève. He brings his important experience, artistic leadership, networking skills, and will contribute to introduce the SNO to international agencies and promoters.

Ralf Weikert SNO

M° Ralf Weikert

1. Guest Conductor

M° Ralf Weikert, for many years director of the Richard Wagner Festival in Wels, and guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Arena di Verona, at the San Francisco Opera, at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and many other venues in Europe, America, and Japan, has served as the General Music Director at the Frankfurt Opera and the Zurich Opera House.