Gary Ginstling to Succeed Deborah Borda AT NY PHIL

The New York Philharmonic has announced that Gary Ginstling, executive director at the National Symphony Orchestra, will become its executive director on 1 November, and – following a transitional period – will succeed Deborah Borda as the group’s president and CEO on 30 June, 2023.

When Borda (see July’s IAM for an interview) steps down next year, she will take on the role of Executive Advisor to the President and Board of Directors at the famous orchestra.

Ginstling arrived at the National Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and has grown that organisation’s ticket sales by 21%, subscriptions by 15%, fundraising by 23% 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%. 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. 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 at the Lincoln Centre, 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.