Where’s the ‘exchange’?

So the Pittsburgh Symphony travels to Europe frequently, as it has promised its conductor it would. Do European or other American orchestras come here, too? Here’s a story about that, and, yes, it’s a recruiting story.

The Pittsburgh orchestra used to have a fund to present great orchestras from the U.S. and Europe in concert in the 1990s, later discontinued for economic reasons. Besides hosting orchestras from Cleveland and Chicago, Pittsburgh welcomed the Oslo Philharmonic with its then-music director Maris Jansons.

This was no coincidence — the Pittsburgh Symphony had its eye on poaching Jansons to be its music director. As soon as the concert ended, Mr. Moir said the PSO whisked Jansons away, wining and dining him on top of Mount Washington at the home of a board member with several Pittsburgh Symphony musicians in attendance.

Later, Jansons would accept the post of Pittsburgh’s music director and served from 1997-2004.

Jeremy Reynolds: [email protected] or 412-263-1634; twitter: @Reynolds_PG. His work at the Post-Gazette is supported in part by a grant from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Getty Foundation and Rubin Institute.