15 March 2017
Deborah Borda, President and CEO who Transformed Los Angeles Philharmonic, Announced as Next Chief of New York Philharmonic
In a Conspicuous Poaching, Borda Will Return to the New York Philharmonic, Where She Previously Held the Role of President and CEO During the 1990s
DEBORAH BORDA, who since 2000 has served as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, transforming that symphony orchestra into one of the most acclaimed and forward-looking ensembles in the country, has been tapped to lead the New York Philharmonic as the orchestra’s next president and CEO, Oscar S. Schafer, chairman of the New York Philharmonic, announced today.
Borda, who previously held the role of president and CEO at the NY Philharmonic during the 1990s, succeeds Matthew Van Besien, who announced his intention to depart the Philharmonic at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Borda’s appointment, a conspicuous poaching from what is arguably the highest profile symphony orchestra in the country and a remarkable coup for the Philharmonic at a decisive moment, also stanches what appears to have been a critical administrative attrition at the New York orchestra in recent months, with the announcement of Van Besien’s departure having been preceded by those of Lisa Mantone, the Philharmonic's senior vice president; Edward Yim, the orchestra's vice president for artistic planning; and Alan Gilbert, who will step down as the Philharmonic's music director at the end of the current season.
Borda, who will assume her new role with the New York Philharmonic on September 15, joins the orchestra just as the group hopes to move forward with the significant design and fundraising efforts behind the $500 million renovation of its Lincoln Center home, David Geffen Hall, which Lincoln Center and the Philharmonic hope to begin in 2020. Borda will arrive at the same time as the New York Philharmonic’s next music director, Jaap van Zweden, will take on the title of music director designate; van Zweden’s official tenure as music director begins with the 2018-19 season. In addition to the announcement of Borda’s appointment, the New York Philharmonic also announced that Bill Thomas, currently the orchestra’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, has been named as the group’s become executive director, effective May 1, 2017.
“This is a homecoming for me as a native New Yorker, but, more than that, it is a key transitional moment filled with opportunity to make a difference for one of the great musical organizations of the world — the New York Philharmonic,” Borda said in a statement issued today by the New York Philharmonic. “The major factors that have led me here are my immediate sense of partnership with Jaap van Zweden and our shared belief in forging new ways forward. The passionate commitment of the board to the future, the remarkable quality of the Orchestra, and the ability to promote the superb and trusted administrator Bill Thomas to the position of Executive Director were all critical to my decision. New York City and Lincoln Center stand at the crossroads of the artistic world and the opportunities for collaboration and partnerships within our vibrant community are thrilling. While embracing this challenging new work, I sincerely wish to express my deepest thanks and admiration for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic ‘family,’ who have been courageous and loving partners over 17 years.”
More information can be found at the New York Philharmonic.