Conductor Steven Sloane has announced his departure from his post as General Music Director of the City of Bochum and Intendant of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr at a meeting of the cultural committee Bochum, effective from the end of the 2020/21 season.
“I feel deeply connected to this city, its people, and above all the orchestra. Our journey together to the Musikforum and the artistic development that we have achieved are experiences I will never forget,” said Steven Sloane. “After five years in our long-awaited and hard-won new home, it will be time for me to seek new goals and challenges.
In recognition of his service as Chief Conductor of the Bochum Symphony, and in particular for his personal efforts to convince over 20,000 donors to support the new Musikforum, the Mayor of Bochum Thomas Eiskirch has appointed him as Honorary Conductor for Life from 2021.
Steven Sloane, who has led the Bochum Symphony since August 1994, has left his mark on the Bochum musical scene, through his innovative programming and his efforts to embed the orchestra in the cultural life of the city and the Ruhr region. Above all, he was the driving force behind the civic engagement for a new concert hall in Bochum, a goal that was achieved in 2016 with the opening of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, acclaimed both in Germany and abroad. He was thus able to lead the Bochum Symphony into its own home shortly before its 100th anniversary in 2019.