Riccardo Chailly cancels upcoming concerts due to health problems

Conductor pulls out of engagements for next two months

Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly (right) has been forced to cancel all scheduled appearances over the next two months because of health reasons.

The conductor has pulled out of two programmes with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he’s thought to be a be a potential candidate to become its next music director. He was due to perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Mendelssohn's rarely-performed Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) in January.

Chailly was also scheduled to conduct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in December, as well as performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in Valencia, Spain, and two weeks of concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.

Chailly, who is 58, experienced heart problems in 2008, which caused him to pull out of concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has had a busy calendar in Europe but has largely avoided transatlantic trips.

He recently performed the complete Beethoven symphony cycle with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra during their International Associate residency at the Barbican, London.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra are expected to announce a replacement at a later date.

Rachel Tregenza