Headshot of Mark Williams

Mark Williams, CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Russell Lee.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has appointed Mark Williams as chief executive officer. He succeeds Matthew Loden, who became dean of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in October. Williams goes to the Toronto Symphony from the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was chief artistic and operations officer, overseeing artistic planning and programming, commissions and premieres, touring, and orchestra operations. Before joining the Cleveland Orchestra in 2013, Williams was artistic administrator of the San Francisco Symphony from 2009 to 2012, and directed programming of series, co-produced staged operas, and led casting. He began his career in artist management, holding posts at Columbia Artists Management and IMG Artists. A native of Ohio, Williams holds a bachelor of music degree in horn performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. Williams stated that the Toronto Symphony “is an orchestra with immense musical gifts, big ambitions, limitless energy, and a desire to connect with its community through music.”