Biz news: LA Phil chief takes a second job

Biz news: LA Phil chief takes a second job


norman lebrecht

March 21, 2018

We hear that Chad Smith, chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the man in charge of its adventurous programming, is about to be named head of the Ojai Music Festival from next year.

He will succeed the veteran Tom Morris.

Chad, 45, was the internal favourite to succeed Deborah Borda when she left for the NY Phil, but the board brought in Simon Woods from Seattle.

He is the latest of the Borda team to look beyond LA, although we hear he is staying put at the Phil for the time being.


  • Rgiarola says:

    Chad is also drummer of Red Hot chilly pepper.;-). LA Philharmonic now is waiting to see, who is going to be the last one in order to turn off the lights.