Hajime Teri Murai has been appointed as the Peabody Conservatory of Music's chief conductor. The conservatory announced yesterday that Murai will be the first occupant of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Music Director Chair, which was established last summer as part of a $3 million gift from the Blaustein-Rosenberg-Thalheimer family group.
The 37-year-old Murai -- who was born in San Francisco, is currently the chief conductor of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has won numerous awards for adventurous programming -- is the first resident conductor of the Peabody Conservatory since the departure of Peter Eros five years ago.
Because of the conservatory's financial problems and uncertainty about its future in recent years, it became impossible to fill so major a position until Peabody's problems were resolved last summer. Murai became the chief contender for the job when he conducted the Peabody Symphony Orchestra last Decemberin a concert that the conservatory's director, Robert Pierce, called "electrifying."
"I am delighted that we have such an outstanding conductor at Peabody and confidently look forward to an exciting period of growth for the orchestra," said Pierce.