Yakov Kreizberg, 51, music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber orchestras, died Tuesday at home in Monte Carlo. The Russian conductor, who often appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, died after a long illness, according to his management.
Kreizberg was on the scene in Philadelphia quite a bit in the rocky days after the opening of Verizon Hall - he conducted the orchestra in nearly three dozen concerts between 1999 and 2007 - and took over a 2003 tour of North and South America for Wolfgang Sawallisch when the orchestra's music director was too ill to travel. His conducting was characterized by an intense energy.
Here's an excerpt from a review of a 2005 concert with the Philadelphians:
"Physically, he remains fascinating to watch (which counts for something to an audience that does not uniformly connect with music solely on a aural level). Lanky, Kreizberg has arms and fingers that seem to go on forever. He can deploy them to snap into place at an arrival point, or float them as wavy curls in the air. His showing of wide white cuffs completed the PowerPoint presentation.