( dpa ) - Florian Riem, currently deputy general manager of the Orchestra Ensemble in Kanazawa, Japan, has been hired to run a top orchestra in Germany, officials in Konstanz said Friday.
Riem, 39, had been the city's second choice by only a narrow margin for the post as chief executive of the South-West German Philharmonic Orchestra.
The post was initially awarded to Benedikt Poensgen, 40, head of the Handel Festival in Goettingen, central Germany, but he was then persuaded to stay there.
Faced with a last-minute gap, the city council of Konstanz, on the shores of cross-border Lake Constance, voted unanimously to offer the post to the Japanese-based German instead.
Riem is a graduate of the Richard Strauss Music School in Munich who moved to the United States to study cello at Indiana University in Bloomington und the University of Maryland.
He was then chief executive of the Kremata Baltica chamber orchestra and managed US soprano Jessye Norman. He has been in Kanazawa since 2005.The goal, Israel said, it to step up the pressure on the militants who are firing the rockets. But human rights groups have condemned the move as collective punishment.
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