Philadelphia have a new chief

Philadelphia have a new chief


norman lebrecht

March 26, 2018

We hear the new CEO is Matias Tarnopolsky, presently head of Cal Performances and past head of artistic planning for the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

An announcement is said to be imminent.

Tarnopolsky was due to succeed last year at the Philharmonia Orchestra in London but a last-minute hitch unravelled the deal.

Philadelphia were also considering Cressida Pollock, outgoing CEO of English National Opera.

UPDATE: Peter Dobrin reports from Philly that the orchestra has a verbal agreement with Tarnopolsky; all that remains is for the board to confirm it, which will probably happen today.


  • Ernest Robles says:

    Loved what he did to rejuvenate Cal Performances at U.C. Berkeley.

  • Ben says:

    Seems like a great hire. At least he attended the concerts he organized consistently.

    (I wonder where Alison V was during all those rehearsals and concerts —- she must be focusing solely on something she really cares — herself)

  • Has-been says:

    Congratulations to Matias and Philadelphia.
    Ben, you simply do not know what you are talking about. Alison attended all programs. Managers of major orchestras have enough to do without sitting through rehearsals although she did make a point of attending many with guest conductors and soloists.

    Matias’ announcement should not be an opportunity for uninformed irrelevant remarks. Grow up !

    • Ben says:

      Hi Alison! How’s your job search going? Nobody likes your $1500 wine order at the dinner interview anymore, huh?