Sir Donald Runnicles will become the new chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic in 2025. The draft contract will shortly be submitted to the City Council of the state capital Dresden for approval. Runnicles will take up the post in the 2025/26 season, but will already lead the Dresden Philharmonic as Chief Conductor Designate in the 2024/25 season.

Speaking of the appointment, Sir Donald Runnicles said:
“When I came to the Dresden Philharmonic a year ago, I was immediately captivated by the beauty and outstanding sound of the concert hall. And that continued with the orchestra: I encountered excellent musical quality, great trust and a way of playing together that I had hardly experienced anywhere else before. I am extremely pleased that the ensemble’s desire for intensive collaboration arose from this! I am convinced that, together with this enormously committed orchestra, I can develop programmes and realise concert experiences that will further consolidate and expand the outstanding reputation of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. International tours, concert operas and other very special projects will certainly contribute to this. It is already clear that we will be performing Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” on 13 February 2025 – as a Brit and an admirer of Britten, that is a very important signal for us to remember together.”