BERLIN (AP) -- The Berlin Philharmonic's musicians are electing a new chief conductor and artistic director to succeed Simon Rattle, who will leave the orchestra in 2018.
Members of the Philharmonic are to meet at an undisclosed location Monday to decide who will get one of the most coveted jobs in classical music.
They can propose and elect any conductor. The winner of the vote is then called and asked whether he or she will accept the job.
The Berlin Philharmonic has had just three chief conductors over the past six decades: Herbert von Karajan from 1954-89, followed by Claudio Abbado and, since 2002, Rattle.
Rattle said two years ago that he will leave the job when his contract expires in 2018.