Deborah Borda is Coming Home to the NY Philharmonic

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 05:59 PM

Deborah Borda, pictured here at the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2012 Opening Night Gala. She is returning to the New York Philharmonic, the same orchestra she led in the 1990s. Deborah Borda, pictured here at the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2012 Opening Night Gala. She is returning to the New York Philharmonic, the same orchestra she led in the 1990s. (Richard Shotwell / AP)

The New York Philharmonic, though one of the nation's leading orchestral ensembles, has been battling many a challenge for over the past decade. There was the search for a director that would succeed Alan Gilbert, concluding with the appointment of Jaap van Sweden. There are the much-needed renovations at its Lincoln Center home, David Geffen Hall. And, of course, there are the financial woes, the looming specter that has haunted the organization for over a decade. But on Wednesday, the philharmonic took a giant step in its journey with the announcement of a new CEO and president: Deborah Borda.

Technically, “new” might not be the right word — Borda served the New York Philharmonic in the same capacity during much of the 1990s. She left in 2000 to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic, first as executive vice president and general manager before being promoted to president and CEO three years later. During her LA years, Borda helped revitalize that city’s premier orchestra by overseeing highly successful fundraisers and securing the talents of the electrifying conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.

Borda’s first period in New York was marred by clashes and conflicts with the then music director Kurt Masur, so one can only imagine what she can accomplish in a more harmonious environment. Her administrative skill is unparalleled, and any orchestra would be better with Borda at the helm.

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Renate Perls from Manhattan

Welcome back home, Deborah! Long time no see. I for one am so glad that you are in New York again and I know
those of the Philharmonic who did not know you previously will be delighted that you are at the helm.

Best wishes for the upcoming years!!

Renate Perls

Mar. 17 2017 03:57 PM
Gary Giardina from New York, NY

I am happy to see that Ms. Borda will be returning to NYC. I hope that she will make it a priority to put an end to the proposed renovation of Geffen Hall. The idea of spending $500 million on construction is the antithesis of everything that art stands for. I visit the hall frequently for concerts, and aside from the occasionally uncomfortable seats (a sensation quickly dispelled by the sound of beautiful music) there is no need to do anything to the hall. Imagine what $500 million dollars could do to expand the reach of the NYP! To pay musicians what they are worth! It seems that even in classical music there may be no money for art, but there is always money for construction.

Mar. 16 2017 12:19 PM

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