MARIÁN Lapšanský, who was temporarily assigned to lead the Slovak Philharmonic, has been retained in his position as general director. Culture Minister Rudolf Chmel announced the news following a decision reached by an international jury on September 8.
The piano virtuoso has led the institution since June 4, when former director Jozef Tkáčik was recalled from his post. The former director was forced to leave the philharmonic following criticism by its management after the philharmonic's designated artistic director, the renowned Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, who was nominated to become the institution's chief conductor, terminated his contract.
The jury also named Vladimír Válek, Bělohlávek's countryman, to the post of the Slovak Philharmonic's chief conductor. Válek is also engaged as a conductor with the Czech Philharmonic and the Symphonic Orchestra of Czech Radio, and works with other significant institutions.