US orchestra loses both maestro and manager

US orchestra loses both maestro and manager


norman lebrecht

June 02, 2023

Things just got exciting in San Francisco.

Hours after executive director Courtney Beck was out the door of the Philharmonia Baroque, it was the turn of Richard Egarr to quit as music director.

Here’s what Courtney’s saying:

Dear artist friends and colleagues,

After 16 years at Philharmonia, and 8 as executive director, I wanted to let you know that I am leaving the organization at the end of May.

I’ve had the privilege of working with each of you in different ways, and I am confident that we’ll cross paths again. News about my next chapter is coming very soon.

With my warmest to each of you,

Courtney Beck


photo: : Frank Wing


  • drummerman says:

    Her online profile indicates that she took a job as CEO of a dance company in San Francisco two months ago.

  • PBO says:

    The two departures are unrelated. Courtney announced her departure on 1 Feb and her new appointment at Alonzo King LINES Ballet was announced on 15 May. Courtney has been with PBO for 16 years and under her leadership, PBO has flourished and grown from strength to strength, and she remains an avid supporter and advocate of PBO. Courtney is leaving PBO after a very long tenure and for a leadership role with another institution and we wish only the very best in this new role.

  • John says:

    The filet mignon was soft and tasted like butter. Although expensive it was worth it. You cannot get this cut in the store even prime.

  • Roger Rocco says:

    Obviously there is much more to the story! It’s probably none of our business but any jobs in the classical music industry are very scarce so most people don’t leave unless they have another gig lined up.