Death of Zubin’s New York Philharmonic chief, 82

Death of Zubin’s New York Philharmonic chief, 82


norman lebrecht

April 05, 2020

Albert K. Webster, managing director of the New York Philharmonic from 1975 to 1990, has died.

No cause has been given.

Having stepped down from the Philharmonic after Zubin Mehta’s long music directorship, Nick Webster consulted for orchestras in trouble, notably the Toronto Symphony.

In his time at the NY Phil, musicians’ pay rose from $19,760 basic to $59,280. The endowment shot up from $9.8 million to $69m and subscribers increased from 27,349 to 37,144.




  • Daphnis says:

    Nick Webster was President of the Cincinnati Symphony in the early 70’s — before, not after, he was Managing Director of the NY Phil.

  • David J Hyslop says:

    Nick and I first met when he was CEO of the Cincinnati Symphony . We kept the relationship up both as colleagues and friends all of these last 50 years. He was a fine manager and great friend and will be greatly missed .

  • CRAIG says:

    He was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly.