“Matías Tarnopolsky, 48, executive and artistic director of Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley since 2009, is set to become the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new president and CEO,” writes Peter Dobrin in Monday’s (3/26) Philadelphia Inquirer. “The orchestra’s board voted to approve the decision Monday afternoon, and Tarnopolsky has accepted the offer of an initial five-year term, officials said. Cal Performances is a presenting organization with a major season in several artistic genres, and Tarnopolsky … was formerly vice president of artistic planning for the New York Philharmonic and senior director of artistic planning for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra…. Tarnopolsky said he was ‘excited to be back at the heart of a super orchestra,’ and that one factor that compelled him to leave Cal Performances was hearing the orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin.” Tarnopolsky expects to take the post in August. “He follows Allison B. Vulgamore, who stepped down at the end of 2017…. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in London, Tarnopolsky, a trained clarinetist, holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music and musicology from the University of London, King’s College.” He has served on the boards of the Curtis Institute of Music, New Music USA, and the Avery Fisher Artist Program.

Posted March 27, 2018

Pictured: Matías Tarnopolsky, newly named president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Photo by Todd Rosenberg