The women at the conductor’s desk are still few in number. At Konzerthaus Berlin, Joana Mallwitz will set the tone in two years.

Berlin (dpa) – The famous Joana Mallwitz becomes conductor at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The 34-year-old will take over the orchestra’s artistic direction for the 2023/24 season for a five-season debut, as the concert hall and cultural administration announced on Tuesday. Previously, the staff was in the senate responsible for the capital.

The first female conductor on site will succeed Christoph Eschenbach in two years. The 81-year-old has held the post since 2019.

Mallwitz announced at the end of July that she would not be extending her contract as General Music Director in Nuremberg and that she would be leaving the State Theater at the end of the 2022/23 season. She cited her family situation as one of the reasons. Mallwitz is expecting her first child in the fall. In addition, the failure of plans to build a new concert hall in Nuremberg was decisive.

Mallwitz has just been celebrated again in Salzburg for her musical interpretation of Mozart’s opera “Così fan tutte”. At last year’s festival, she was the first woman in the classical music festival’s 100-year history to lead a major creative cycle.

The Hildesheim-born conductor began her career at the age of 19 as a solo coach at the Heidelberg Theater, where she was promoted to Kapellmeister after her first season. As the youngest general musical director in Europe at the time, she joined the Erfurt Theater in 2014. Four years later, he went to Nuremberg. In 2019, the experts of the magazine “Opernwelt” named her conductor of the year.