Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska resigned Tuesday morning as the year-long lockout continues. Vanska had been with the orchestra for ten years.
Monday, the orchestra canceled its big concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York.
The musicians rejected the latest offer this weekend and made two counter proposals to management, but both were rejected.
OSMO VANSKA STATEMENT
Today I have given notice of my resignation as Music Director and Conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra Association, effective 1 October 2013.
It is a very sad day for me. Over ten years ago I was honoured to be invited to take up this position. I moved from Finland to the Twin Cities. At that time I made clear my belief that the Minnesota Orchestra could become one of the very greatest international ensembles.
During the intervening years I have had the privilege of seeing that belief vindicated through the skill, hard work and commitment of this wonderful group of players and with the valued support of the Board of Directors, management and administration team, volunteers, as well as our exceptional community.
I send my deepest thanks to everyone involved for what we have achieved together and I wish the Minnesota Orchestra all the very best for its future.
MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA BOARD STATEMENT
We are very sorry that Music Director Osmo Vanska has announced his resignation, as it has always been our hope that he would see the Minnesota Orchestra through this challenging period.
We will always be grateful to our generous foundation community for coming forward with additional funding over the last few weeks to enable a proposed contract resolution with musicians that represented our very best efforts to save the Carnegie concerts and Maestro Vanska's tenure. The Board has done everything in its power to reach a compromise with musicians by September 30, and we are very sorry they have rejected all efforts.
Music Director Osmo Vanska has been an extraordinary conductor, and we are profoundly thankful for his service to the Orchestra and our audiences, and our organization will continue to celebrate his many achievements. He will hold a distinguished legacy in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra.