Berlin Philharmonic names next chief exec

The person who will negotiate the delicate balance between the Berlin Phil and its incoming music director Kirill Petrenko will make her first appearance on Thursday at his contract signing.

Andrea Zietzschmann, 46, has been in charge until recently of the NDR orchestras in Hamburg, preparing them for residency in the new Elbphilharmonie hall.

Her two previous jobs were as head of music at Frankfurt radio and manager of Claudio Abbado’s Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She was also involved with Abbado in the founding of the Lucerne Chamber Orchestra.

She seems to have all the right credentials to be Intendantin of the Berlin Phil.


photo: NDR



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  • Is this a position the orchestra members vote on, like the conductor, or is there some other mechanism that chooses the CEO?

    • I believe the decision is made by a search-committee consisting of the members of the Berlin Phil’s Orchestra Board and functionaries/officials of the State of Berlin.

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