The San Francisco Symphony announced Tuesday that it is tapping German conductor Christian Reif as its next resident conductor.
Reif starts his new job in September, according to the announcement.
The 31-year-old conductor will replace outgoing Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera, who is also Music Director for the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra.
Reif's main duties will be as an assistant working with SF Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, leading the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra and conducting the Concerts for Kids, Adventures in Music, and Music for Families concerts.
Winner of the 2015 German Operetta Prize and a graduate of the Juilliard School, Reif led the SF Symphony for the first time last October, when he conducted the debut of Ted Hearne’s Dispatches. SF Chronicle Music Critic Joshua Kosman later called the performance "a powerful Symphony debut."
Reif is completing his second season as the conducting fellow with the New World Symphony where he also serves as fill-in conductor for Tilson Thomas, the Miami orchestra's music director.