Someone speculated the other day that David Whelton, nearing 30 years as chief exec of the Philharmonia Orchestra, must be the greatest current survivor in orchestral administration, with the exception of Avi Shoshani at the Israel Phil.
And maybe not just current.
Arthur Judson sets the benchmark. He managed the Philadelphia Orchestra 1915-35 and the New York Philharmonic from 1922 to 1956 while also running America’s biggest artists agency on the side).
Has anyone managed longer?
Let start a list.