“Jeremy Geffen, senior director and artistic adviser for Carnegie Hall, has been appointed as the new head of Cal Performances, the arts presenting organization affiliated with UC Berkeley,” writes Joshua Kosman in Tuesday’s (1/15) San Francisco Chronicle. “Geffen, 44, will take the position as executive and artistic director on April 1. He succeeds Matías Tarnopolsky, who left Berkeley in August after nine years to lead the Philadelphia Orchestra…. During his 12 years at Carnegie, Geffen oversaw planning for about 160 annual performances in the hall. He was a key figure in the development and expansion of Carnegie’s multi-disciplinary festivals… At Cal Performances, Geffen will be responsible for nearly 100 performances a year … including classical, jazz and world music, dance, theater and the spoken word. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Geffen grew up in Newport Beach (Orange County), and studied viola at the University of Southern California. [Through] an internship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic … he discovered an interest in artistic programming…. Before coming to Carnegie, Geffen did stints as an artistic administrator with the New York Philharmonic (2000-05) and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (2005-07). He chaired the nominating jury for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.”

Posted January 16, 2019

In photo: In 2015, Carnegie Hall Senior Director and Artistic Adviser Jeremy Geffen (right) was given a Visionary Award by Bang on a Can, the new-music ensemble. Pictured with Geffen are Bang on a Can founding members Robert Black (left) and Julia Wolfe (center). Photo by Stephanie Berger