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17 June 2022

Gary Ginstling to Succeed Deborah Borda as Head of the New York Philharmonic in June 2023

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Gary Ginstling
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THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC announced today that Gary Ginstling, executive director at the National Symphony Orchestra, will become the New York City orchestra’s executive director on November 1, 2022, and, following a transitional period, will succeed Deborah Borda as the group’s president and CEO on June 30, 2023. 

When Borda, 72, steps down as the orchestra’s president and CEO in June 2023, she will take on the role of Executive Advisor to the President and Board of Directors. 

“We couldn’t be happier with this succession plan,” said Peter May and Oscar Tang, co-chairman of the orchestra’s board of directors. “We welcome Gary Ginstling as Executive Director and as the Philharmonic’s future President and CEO. Throughout our extensive search, Gary embodied all the qualities that we were seeking. We are extremely pleased that Deborah Borda will continue on with us as Executive Advisor to the President and Board, beginning July 1, 2023. Deborah has been a remarkable and inspired leader during a period of unprecedented challenges. We feel so fortunate that she will continue on with us in a newly created role.”

Ginstling arrived at the National Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and has grown that organization’s ticket sales by 21 percent, subscriptions by 15 percent, fundraising by 23 percent and raised an additional fund of $11 million to support his plans with the orchestra. Before joining the NSO, Ginstling served as the CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for five years, during which time the ISO’s income from ticket sales grew by more than 80 percent. Before the ISO, Ginstling served as the general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was responsible for executive oversight of the orchestra’s operations and activities, including artistic planning, concert production, touring, labor contracts, education, electronic media and operation of the group’s two facilities, Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center. Ginstling also served as director of communications and external affairs at the San Francisco Symphony, and executive director of the Berkeley Symphony for three years. Before embarking on his career in orchestra management, Ginstling spent three years in marketing at Sun Microsystems. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University, a master of music degree from the Juilliard School and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Ginstling’s arrival in the fall of 2022 will take place just months after the scheduled reopening of the New York Philharmonic’s home, David Geffen Hall, following a $550 million renovation. The orchestra is also beginning the search for a new conductor to replace Jaap van Zweden, who announced at the beginning of this season that he would step down at the end of the 2023-24 season.  

Borda arrived at the New York Philharmonic in 2017 following seventeen years as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a tenure that established her as one of the most successful arts administrators in North America. While in Los Angeles, Borda’s accomplishments were profound: she led the orchestra into its new headquarters and performance venue, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, hired Gustavo Dudamel as the group’s music director, created the innovative community-outreach and music education program Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and closed significant deficits held by the orchestra while placing it on surer financial footing. Borda had previously served as the Philharmonic’s executive director for nine seasons before departing for Los Angeles. 

“The mark of a strong institution is its ability to plan for the future,” Borda said in a statement issued today by the Philharmonic. “he creation of a thoughtful succession plan and an executive team to ensure its success is a ‘must’ as we move our beloved institution into a new era. The challenging cultural ecosystem of our times requires vision, knowledge, and courage. Gary embodies all three. His training as a musician, experience as CEO of important US orchestras, and background in communications and technology is a perfect fit for the NY Phil. He is a trusted colleague whose track record speaks for itself.” 

“Those of us in my generation, we’ve done our best, but it’s time to really support and introduce a new generation of leadership who will bring new ideas about everything,” Borda told the New York Times in an interview. “This was the right time.” spacer

More information can be found at the New York Philharmonic.

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