Breaking: LA Phil snatches British boss from Seattlemain
Just when everybody seemed to think that Deborah Borda’s deputy, Gail Samuel, was going to get her job, the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has seduced Simon Woods away from Seattle to be their new CEO.
An EMI record producer who became head of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Woods had a rocky time with the New Jersey Symphony before Seattle came beckoning with a less sleepless job.
He has big shoes to fill in LA and a delicate relationship to manage with Gustavo Dudamel.
He does not inherit Borda’s title as president.