The Tapiola Sinfonietta has appointed a new Artist in Association, conductor Ryan Bancroft, for a three-year period beginning in autumn 2021 when current Artist in Association Klaus Mäkelä will step down. Bancroft will join the orchestra’s other Artist in Association Marzi Nyman.
Ryan Bancroft from the USA gained international recognition by winning 1st prize and the audience prize at the distinguished international Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2018. He has since made his début with numerous European orchestras and in the North America. In autumn 2020, he will take up the post of Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
“It’s an honour to be appointed [Artist in Association] of Tapiola Sinfonietta. During these increasingly difficult times, we look firmly to the arts for joy and consolation; it is heartening that we also look enthusiastically towards the future. In collaborating with this orchestra, I’ve discovered a rare and deeply moving approach to music making: the eagerness to reimagine the concert experience, the dedication to chamber ideals, and the remarkable ‘We are in this together’ outlook. For these reasons, I’m sincerely grateful to the extraordinary artists, staff, and audience for their warm welcome.”
Ryan Bancroft first appeared with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 2019, and a warm rapport was immediately established between him, the musicians and the administration. He will also be appearing as a guest conductor during the 2020–2021 season. The orchestra is enthusiastic about working with Bancroft, whose broad range as a musician in terms of styles and interpretations, besides playing multiple instruments himself, has impressed audiences and critics alike.
“I look forward to our first season together and I’m equally anticipating the coming 2020/21 season where the orchestra and myself will be presenting two separate programs showcasing the musical diversity of this ensemble. One will be an exhilarating program composed of pieces by Tristan Murail, Thomas Adès and W.A. Mozart and the other a reflective program with pieces by Sebastian Hilli, Franz Schreker, Charles Ives and Richard Strauss. With all that is to come, I’m excited to begin.”
“Ryan Bancroft’s initial encounter with the orchestra was electrifying. After the very first rehearsals, the musicians came to us and asked, can Ryan please come again soon? We look eagerly forward to our future collaboration,” says Anna Jaskiewicz, acting General Manager of the Tapiola Sinfonietta.