Conductor Riccardo Chailly out of Summer Concerts with Broken Arm

Sunday, July 06, 2014 - 07:00 PM

Riccardo Chailly rehearses with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany on February 19, 2013. Riccardo Chailly rehearses with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany on February 19, 2013. (JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly has withdrawn from his performances over the next two months after breaking his right arm in a fall.

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where Chailly is music director, announced over the weekend that Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic will take his place for its season-opening concerts between Sept. 7-12. Those include performances at the BBC Proms in London, on Sept. 11 and 12.

Herbert Blomstedt will substitute for Chailly in a pair of concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic on July 26 and 28 at the Salzburg Festival.

The 61-year-old Chailly was sidelined for two months in 2011 due to health reasons and has had a history of a heart condition. In January 2015 he is due to become the principal conductor of La Scala. In addition, his contract in Leipzig was recently extended through 2020 and he is scheduled to bring the orchestra on a U.S. tour this November to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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