RONALD BLUM, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Borda will step down as president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2022-2023 season and will be replaced by Gary Ginstling, director of the Washington National Symphony since 2017.
Borda, who turns 73 on July 15, returned to the Philharmonic in 2017 for a second time in leadership roles and has presided over the unprecedented twin challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the redevelopment of David Geffen Hall, the long-maligned house at Lincoln Center that reopens. Oct 7
Ginstling will become the Philharmonic’s chief executive on November 1 and will succeed Borda when she retires on June 30, 2023. Borda will then become an executive adviser to Ginstling and the board of directors, in which role she will focus on fundraising and anticipate layoffs. her working hours are twice as short.
“We had a wild five years that were amazing,” Borda said on Friday. “We were able to take COVID and turn it into a positive and open the gym nearly two years early, on time and on budget.”
Borda said she and Ginstling would both be involved in the search for a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who announced in September that he would leave at the end of the 2023-24 season after six years as director of music, the shortest tenure. half a century. Borda said she’s not sure if a decision will be made before she retires, but if the search continues beyond next summer, she will continue to advise on the matter.
Ginstling said he was contacted by a search firm in late February or early March and negotiations were completed in May. He recalled listening to the Philharmonic under music director Zubin Mehta and attending concerts by Leonard Bernstein Mahler.
“It’s a combination of the New York Philharmonic’s legendary history, its truly groundbreaking work in recent years, and the huge potential I see in the future as David Geffen Hall prepares to open,” he said. “My love for orchestras, my passion for orchestral music, started with the New York Philharmonic. It was the first professional orchestra I have ever heard. I remember going to concerts in high school. My parents have been Philharmonic subscribers for decades.”
Ginstling, 56, was born in Queens and raised in New Jersey. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School, where he studied clarinet, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was Executive Director of the Berklee Symphony from 2003 to 2006, Director of Communications and External Affairs for the San Francisco Symphony from 2006 to 2008, and General Manager of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2008 to 2013. Ginstling was CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony before replacing Rita Shapiro as NSO Executive Director in 2017.
With the NSO, Ginstling inherited Gianandrea Noseda, who was hired by Shapiro in January 2016 as director of music for the 2017–18 season. Ginstling has negotiated a couple of renewals for Noseda, first in September 2018 to 2024-2025 and then this month to 2026-2027.
Borda survived the pandemic which resulted in the cancellation of the last 33 shows of 2019-2020 plus all 119 shows of 2020-21. and she sped up a $550 million renovation of Geffen Hall. The Philharmonic has returned from the pandemic to split the 2021–22 season between Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.
A New Yorker and former violist, Borda held senior positions with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony before being hired as managing director of the New York Philharmonic in 1991. She announced her retirement in September 1999. become president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“I left in desperation in 1999 because I just felt like we couldn’t make progress on what really needed to be done seriously to renovate the hall,” she said, “and then when the board came back 17 years later, and I saw that there was a real possibility that this would happen, but it would require a very heavy lift, it just felt like a perfect circle. It was unfinished business.”
Borda oversaw the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and in 2007 hired renowned young conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who succeeded Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director for the 2009-10 season.
“There is a clear message in the orchestra world that Deborah has certainly been one of, if not the most transformational leaders in our field,” Ginstling said. “The chance to work alongside her and then eventually become her successor is a lifetime opportunity for me.”
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