Deborah Borda is headed back to the Big Apple to take the reigns of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Borda, 67, served as executive director of the storied organization back in the 1990s and since then has spent the last 17 years as the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“Ms. Borda’s achievements in Los Angeles read like a to-do list for New York. She ushered the orchestra into its new home, the popular Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. She bolstered the orchestra’s shaky finances and proved herself a prodigious fund-raiser, more than quintupling the endowment to $276 million this year. She signed Gustavo Dudamel as its music director when he was still in his 20s, and helped make him an international star. And she deepened the orchestra’s ties to its city while helping it earn a reputation for artistic risk-taking.”
Ms. Borda’s departure from LA comes as a shock to many, especially those in the LA Phil organization. Executive director, Gail Samuel told the LA Times, “I think it’s safe to say, we are all very surprised.”
Ms. Borda, a Queens, NY native, will replace outgoing CEO, Matthew Van Biesen on September 15th.