Margarita Balanas (Foto: Taavi Kull)

Margarita Balanas – Assistant Conductor 2023/24

Latvian Margarita Balanas will be Paavo Järvi’s Assistant Conductor this season.

Latvian Margarita Balanas, born in 1993, initially attracted attention as a cellist. She won her first competition at the age of eight and played at London’s Wigmore Hall by the time she was 17. She has performed with the Munich Philharmonic, played for King Charles III when he was still Prince of Wales, and been promoted by musicians such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynn Harrell and Gautier Capuçon. Margarita frequently performs with her sister, the violinist Kristīne Balanas.

In the meantime, however, Margarita has also attracted attention as a promising conductor – with the Ensemble Anonimi, among others, which she founded. The orchestra experiments with many different styles and formats. Since attending the Academy in Pärnu, she has become part of the extended Järvi family: not only has she worked with Paavo Järvi, but also with his father Neeme Järvi and his brother Kristian Järvi.

Margarita Balanas is now to succeed Izabelė Jankauskaitė at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as our Music Director’s Assistant Conductor. As Paavo Järvi explains, he only selects talents for this position who he believes has the potential to have a real career as a conductor. «Nowadays, what it takes for this profession is more of a mystery than ever – but you can tell immediately whether someone has that certain something. And Margarita Balanas has it.»

As Assistant Conductor, she will attend rehearsals, compare what she hears with the score, take note of technical and interpretational details and – as Paavo Järvi's second pair of ears, as it were – check the sound balance. She herself will then be conducting at the final concert of the «What do you think, Ocean?» family project ( Abschlusskonzert «Was denkst du, Ozean?»).

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September 2024
Sun 22. Sep
11.15

Family concert: Thorstein and the giants

Musiker*innen des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich, Margarita Balanas Conductor, Anna Gitschthaler Gesang, Erzählung, Johannes Voit Konzeption, Michael Mienert Libretto, Regie Thorstein und die Riesen
Sun 22. Sep
14.15

Family concert: Thorstein and the giants

Musiker*innen des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich, Margarita Balanas Conductor, Anna Gitschthaler Gesang, Erzählung, Johannes Voit Konzeption, Michael Mienert Libretto, Regie Thorstein und die Riesen
July 2025
Sun 06. Jul
11.15

Kunterwunderbunt: Abschlusskonzert «Fest mit allen Farben»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Margarita Balanas Conductor, Madeline Engelsman Schauspiel, Nelly Danker Konzept, Regie, Anna Nauer Ausstattung Kunterwunderbunt – Abschlusskonzert
Sun 06. Jul
14.15

Kunterwunderbunt: Abschlusskonzert «Fest mit allen Farben»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Margarita Balanas Conductor, Madeline Engelsman Schauspiel, Nelly Danker Konzept, Regie, Anna Nauer Ausstattung Kunterwunderbunt – Abschlusskonzert
April 2024
Sun 21. Apr
14.15

Chamber Music for Children: Final Concert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Margarita Balanas Conductor, Sabine Bierich Moderation, Dramaturgie, Anna Nauer Ausstattung Was denkst du, Ozean?, Viel Meer
Sun 21. Apr
11.15

Chamber Music for Children: Final Concert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Margarita Balanas Conductor, Sabine Bierich Moderation, Dramaturgie, Anna Nauer Ausstattung Was denkst du, Ozean?, Viel Meer
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