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Eschenbach named music director of NSO, Kennedy Center

German-born conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach has been named music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and of the Kennedy Center (a newly created position). After serving as music-director designate during the 2009-10 season, the conductor will officially start his tenure; the initial contract is for three years, beginning 2010-11.

Eschenbach, 68, recently stepped down as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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