The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been deliberating for five years over signing a music director. The last man, Sir Andrew Davis, left in 2019.
Part of the audition process was inhibited by Covid lockdown, which made it impossible for some candidates to attend audition. There were, however, several good contenders in Australia.
This weekend Melbourne let off a fanfare and blew a puff of white smoke.
The next music director is to be the Spaniard Jaime Martin. He is 55, a former principal flute with the London Philharmonic who took to conducting late in life.