“The election will be held away from the Philharmonie, which is being readied for an event on Tuesday commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. Adding to the sense of mystery, the news media will not be told the location of the meeting until the morning of the vote.
It will begin with a secret ballot: The musicians will be invited to vote for “any living conductor,” and the first round will be tallied by an electoral committee of four members of the orchestra. The orchestra declined to say how the subsequent rounds of voting would work — whether a runoff would be held among the top candidates, or the candidates with the fewest votes would slowly be eliminated, or the players would be asked to rank their preferences.
At some point, though, the orchestra expects a conductor to have a necessary clear majority.”