Deborah Borda to Step Down as President and Ceo Of The Los Angeles Philharmonic

Mike Lawson • News • March 20, 2017

L–R: Bill Thomas, Oscar S. Schafer, Deborah Borda, and Jaap van Zweden at new NY Philharmonic PositionLos Angeles Philharmonic Board Chairman Jay Rasulo announced today that Deborah Borda will step down from her position as President and CEO to become President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic starting September 15, 2017. 

The search for a new President will begin immediately, conducted by a committee led by Mr. Rasulo. A seamless transition and ever ambitious continuation of all the LA Phil’s programs and initiatives will be ensured. 

“We want to thank Deborah Borda for 17 years of extraordinary service and for leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic to incredible success in so many areas,” said Jay Rasulo. “The prominence and exciting reputation which the LA Phil currently enjoys around the world is due in large part to her visionary and powerful leadership, along with the dedicated work of the two music directors with whom she worked, the orchestra, and the LA Philharmonic Association staff. We all wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Gustavo Dudamel stated, “Deborah and I have come such a long way together in the last 10 years, and it has been a truly productive road that we have traveled. Together we have fought for music education and community, and she believes, as do I, in breaking down walls, not building them. We will miss her energy, vision and spirit…and also her loving and caring presence!”

Deborah Borda said, “It is hard to believe that it has really been 17 years since I came to L.A. But what a 17 years it has been! With the support of our superb musicians, board and staff, the LA Phil has boldly defined a way forward for musical organizations throughout the globe. My gratitude is profound. I especially express my deepest thanks and admiration to my partner for now almost the past decade, Gustavo Dudamel. Leaving him and indeed my LA Phil family is not easy, but my solace is in returning to my home and my family. I have been blessed to work with such courageous and loving partners. The institution is in a robust and healthy state both artistically and financially and is wonderfully positioned to continue to make history… and it will!”


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