Maris Gothoni is the new Head of Artistic Planning

Maris Gothoni is the new Head of Artistic Planning at the Belgian National Orchestra  

The board and intendant of the Belgian National Orchestra are pleased to announce the appointment of Maris Gothoni as Head of Artistic Planning, an appointment that strongly supports the current direction of the Belgian National Orchestra.  Since January 2022, the orchestra is official resident orchestra in the marvelous Henry Le Bœuf Hall at BOZAR Brussels, and is building a new rehearsal hall next to BOZAR with DRDH architects and ARUP acoustic. The current UK tour with Paul Lewis and Principal Guest Conductor Roberto González-Monjas, and the upcoming tours to Paris, Salzburg, and Madrid underpin the international dynamics of the Belgian National Orchestra.  

“We are very much looking forward to working together with Maris Gothoni,” says Intendant Hans Waege.  “His warm, human-oriented personality in combination with a grounded artistic knowledge and ambition were key elements in our choice of Maris. His extensive experience as a musician, as artistic programmer and as head of planning will provide an essential contribution to the continuous artistic growth and quality of programming of the Belgian National Orchestra.”

 "I am thrilled and honoured to accept the position of Head of Artistic Planning at the Belgian National Orchestra,” says Maris Gothoni. “I look forward to an exciting collaboration with intendant Hans Waege, Chief Conductor Antony Hermus, the orchestra and the management team. The ambition, vision, commitment and unique features of the Belgian National Orchestra are deeply inspiring, and I can't wait to start a journey together!"



Maris Gothoni was born in Berlin in 1979 to Finnish-Austrian parents. Following a career as a concert pianist and writer, and studies at the University of Arts in Berlin and other institutions, he has worked as an arts administrator and concert curator in various musical institutions and countries.

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Maris Gothoni is currently Head of Artistic Planning of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway. There, he has been in charge of programming and driving the implementation of long-term artistic planning, as well as managing and nourishing critical relationships with artists and the international music industry network. His tenure in Stavanger saw, among other things, the appointment of Andris Poga as the orchestra's new Chief Conductor, Emmanuel Pahud, Nicolas Altstaedt, Peter Eötvös and Martin Grubinger as Artists-in-Residence, new international recording deals, both audio and visual streaming, and innovative formats.

International projects  

Other institutions he has worked for as curator, artistic programmer and producer include the Tongyeong International Music Festival, the largest classical music festival in South Korea, the Weiwuying International Music Festival in Taiwan, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Internationale Hugo Wolf-Akademie, and the ‘Music of Today’ series of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He further acts as Artistic Co-Director for the 2023 Avanti! Summer Sounds Festival in Finland.

He will take up his position at the Belgian National Orchestra on 1 March 2023.