Originally created 03/27/04

Kent Nagano extends stay at Berlin's German Symphony Orchestra



BERLIN -- Kent Nagano has agreed to stay on as a guest director at the German Symphony Orchestra for two years after he steps down as principal conductor in 2006, the Berlin ensemble said Friday.

Nagano is also the musical director of the Los Angeles Opera, and in 2006 will take the musical director job at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

The German Symphony Orchestra has yet to announce a successor to Nagano, who joined in 2000. But the orchestra said the American conductor has committed himself to helping direct two more seasons in Berlin, extending his stay through 2008. Nagano will take charge of four productions a year.

"In this way, he will continue to determine the artistic development and the international reputation of the German Symphony Orchestra until a successor can be appointed," the orchestra said in a statement. "For Kent Nagano, it is a matter of loyalty."