Christoph Eschenbach

Top managers, top models, and top musicians have one thing in common -- they live out of a suitcase. Some conductors have to spread themselves even thinner if they hold the position of music director at two symphony orchestras. Kurt Masur just abandoned his commuter life between New York and Leipzig when he resigned from his post at the Gewandhaus Orchestra. But now, another German conductor is getting ready for perpetual jetlag. Christoph Eschenbach, who is the music director of the Houston Symphony, is slated to take over the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg in a year from now. In addition, he is likely to become the director of two big summer festivals. He already selects music for the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and in October of 1998, he will become the artistic director of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Northern Germany. Georg Hirsch spoke with the adventurous conductor.

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