The Chicago Sinfonietta has named Blake-Anthony Johnson as Chief Executive Officer, starting next month.
A professional cellist, he arrives from the Louisville Orchestra where he has been Director of Learning & Community. He’s just 29 years old.
He said: ‘I am thrilled to be part of the Chicago Sinfonietta team. Chicago Sinfonietta is a national treasure, that over the past 32 seasons has contributed a great deal to our field and the city of Chicago. The vision of Maestro Paul Freeman has created an incredible organization that has been unmatched in the representation and celebration of equity, diversity and inclusion in a meaningful way. It is a legacy and tradition that I’m honored to continue with our amazing musicians, staff, board, and Music Director Mei-Ann Chen.’