Aglaja - profile

Aglaja Thiesen

Director of Artistic Planning

Interview

What was the first MCO concert you ever attended?
In Ludwigshafen with Maria João Pires, conducted by Claudio Abbado, in December 2006. It was my birthday, and I had just found out on that day that I had gotten the job at the MCO. A perfect first concert.

What challenges does your daily work pose?
Putting together a functioning tour out of a tangle of information, possibilities and necessities.

Which moment with the orchestra will you never forget?
The wonderful party on the terrace of an Athens restaurant after a concert in November. 25 degrees, retsina, a bouzouki band, and Daniel Harding dancing the sirtaki with a rose between his teeth. And, of course, many, many concerts.

What you need in order to feel at home on tour?
A good book. And a good bed.

What makes a "perfect" concert?
When the spark travels from orchestra to audience, and the entire hall shares in the MCO's unique enthusiasm for music.