London’s Philharmonia Appoints New CEO


Based in 1945, and led by Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Philharmonia is predicated in London at Southbank Centre’s Royal Competition Corridor, resident in cities and at festivals throughout England, and streams on-line.

“‘The Philharmonia is without doubt one of the world’s nice orchestras,” Thorben Dittes stated. “It additionally was the primary orchestra I skilled in London as a pupil over twenty years in the past, once I fell in love with its distinctive sound.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to affix the organisation at this artistically thrilling second and to work with Santtu, Lord King, the board, the gamers and the executive workforce to form a future which connects the orchestra’s large legacy with a really Twenty first-century imaginative and prescient of what a symphony orchestra may be.”

“I’m delighted that, after an intensive worldwide search, the Philharmonia has been in a position to appeal to Thorben Dittes to take the Orchestra ahead,” added Lord King of Lothbury, Chair of the Philharmonia. “All of us look ahead to working with him.”

Earlier than taking over the brand new place with the Philharmonia, Dittes served as Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia & Classical Music Programme at Sage Gateshead beginning in 2014.

Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, Thorben launched a Speedy Recruitment Drive to fill orchestral positions, established a brand new collection of live-streamed live shows, developed a multi-year partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society to help feminine conductors, and most just lately co-created the After Darkish Competition with BBC Radio 3.

Previous to his present function, he was the CEO of Glasgow’s Scottish Ensemble for 4 years and the Creative Planning Supervisor at Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra.

Rising up in Germany, Dittes graduated in Arts Administration from the London South Financial institution College. He’s a Director of each the Affiliation of British Orchestras and the British Affiliation of Live performance Halls, whereas additionally on the membership committee for the Worldwide Society for the Performing Arts.

He has additionally been an assessor for PRS for Music Foundations and served on juries for European Live performance Halls Organisation, Royal Philharmonic Society, and Royal Over-Seas League.


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