Osmo Vanska, the famed conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, resigned today, one year after the musician lockout began.
Vanska had said he would resign if the players weren't rehearsing by this week for upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall. The performances were canceled Monday.
From his resignation letter:
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.