This is according to the Kurier in an otherwise uninteresting interview with the RSO Wien’s chief conductor. Meister is easily the best thing to happen to the Viennese music scene in the last two years and it’s about time this announcement was made officially, though one can’t blame the RSO for waiting to see if he would succeed Simone Young (Hamburg went of course instead to Kent Nagano). His current contract comes to an end in 2014.
Elsewhere in the interview he seems confident that the future of the orchestra is secure now after a rocky couple of years when the ORF threatened to cut it loose. Poor Bertrand de Billy gets scant recognition for helping to save the orchestra though. Asked about his future plans for the RSO, Meister replies ‘my goal would be some day to hand the orchestra over to my successor in a better state than I found it’.