The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music , one of the country's most prominent and long-running annual festivals devoted to new music for orchestras, announced Friday the appointment of a new musical director and conductor.
After a year-long search, the Santa Cruz-based festival's board of directors hired award-winning conductor Cristian Măcelaru to take over the artistic reins of the 53-year-old event.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have found Cristian Măcelaru,” said Cabrillo Festival executive director Ellen Primack, who led the search with the board of directors. “His curiosity and genuine passion for new music, coupled with his skill and dynamism on the podium, make him a perfect fit for the festival."
Măcelaru's tenure at Cabrillo is effective immediately. The 36-year-old maestro, who hails from Romania, will also continue to serve as the conductor-in-residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra. He makes his home in that city, where he lives with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria.
Widely considered a rising star in the orchestral music world, Măcelaru has conducted orchestras all over the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra.