Everyone Wanted Vänskä to Stay

by William Schuth in

Osmo Vänskä, conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has resigned following the orchestra management's cancellation of concerts at Carnegie Hall due to its ongoing lockout of musicians:

Under Vanska's leadership, the orchestra received two Grammy nominations, toured nationally and internationally, and made two high-profile appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Proms in London.

The director also won high praise from the likes of New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, who was struck by a 2010 Minnesota Orchestra performance with Vanska on the podium. "For the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world," Ross wrote.

Goodbye, world-class orchestra.