Orpheus names new Executive Director

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra announces the appointment of Krishna Thiagarajan as Executive Director

Orpheus continues its 40th anniversary season, performing with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers at Carnegie Hall this Saturday, December 1, at 7 p.m.


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Krishna Thiagarajan as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2013. Thiagarajan arrives at Orpheus from Symphony in C, where he served as president since 2010. Of the appointment,  Thiagarajan commented, "I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Orpheus and I feel extremely honored to have been chosen to lead the organization during its 40th anniversary. I look forward to working with the musicians, the board and staff to continue setting new artistic standards while ensuring a bright and vibrant future for this unique ensemble."

Marc Mayer, Chairman of the Board of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, said of Thiagarajan's appointment: "All of us at Orpheus are excited that Krishna will be joining us at this important moment in our history - our landmark 40th season. Krishna's experience as a musician and as an administrator makes him the ideal choice for our Executive Director. His intellect, taste, creativity and courage will benefit Orpheus greatly as we prepare for the next 40 years of great music, uniquely realized."

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Thiagarajan trained as a pianist and performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His performances were broadcast on for WDR West German Television as well as WXXI, Rochester and Radio Midday, Mumbai. Thiagarajan graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor and master degree in music, where he studied with Professor Leonard Hokanson and taught as an associate instructor for piano. He later received his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied with Santiago Rodriguez and André Watts. In 1997, he founded and directed Kammermusik Kurs in
Dortmund, Germany, a chamber music festival with internationally acclaimed faculty and students.

Thiagarajan served as Senior Director of Artistic Operations with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). During his tenure, he made significant contributions to the RPO in the areas of artistry, finance, education and audience development, creating innovative programs, forging new relationships and facilitating new opportunities for the RPO.

Thiagarajan joined Symphony in C as President in 2010 and quickly set new standards in the areas of artistic planning and collaboration as well as community engagement. Working with Maestro Rossen Milanov and Symphony in C's Board of Directors, Thiagarajan oversaw the creation of a new strategic plan and an expansion of performances in New Jersey and Philadelphia. New collaborations with artists from the Curtis Institute of Music, Academy of Vocal Arts and the Mendelssohn Club Choir as well as a focus on area premieres brought new audiences to the Symphony and expanded the orchestra's repertoire. During this time, the Symphony saw annual growth in ticket and subscription sales which culminated in a 20% gain during the 2012-13 season. In addition to increased earned income, the Symphony saw individual support double over two years which lead to overall budget
growth by 25%. Symphony in C also continued to strengthen their ties to the community in Camden and increased
the education programs which now serve Camden, Camden County as well as Philadelphia.

A self-governing organization, the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1972 by a group of fellow musicians who aspired to perform diverse orchestral repertoire using chamber-music ensemble techniques. Today, Orpheus continues to uphold this philosophy, performing without a conductor and rotating musical leadership roles for each work. Striving to empower its musicians by integrating them into virtually every facet of the organization, Orpheus is changing the way the world thinks about musicians, conductors, and orchestras. The musical results of this method are extraordinary: The Chicago Tribune cheers, "Orpheus Chamber Orchestra shattered the mold, becoming in the process one of the more memorable events in this festival's 13-year history." And The New York Times raves, "Orpheus, whose string players perform with the physical verve of members of a string quartet, produced a convincingly full-blooded sound." The Los Angeles Times agrees: "A virtuosic  whole...they’re fast. They’re together. They’re aggressive. They can be electrifying."

Upcoming concerts:
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Carnegie Hall
7 p.m.
Anne Akiko Meyers, Violin

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical
BARBER Violin Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Galapagos Arts Space
8 p.m.
Timothy Andres, piano
David Kaplan, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12
ANDRES Original works

Friday, February 1, 2013
Carnegie Hall
8 p.m.
Wayne Shorter Quartet

BEETHOVEN Overture to Creatures of Prometheus
IVES Symphony No. 3, The Camp Meeting
WAYNE SHORTER Music for the Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere)

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Carnegie Hall
7 p.m.
Richard Goode, Piano

FINE Serious Song: A Lament for String Orchestra
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, Italian

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Carnegie Hall
7 p.m.
Gabriel Kahane, Piano

WOLF Italian Serenade
SCHOENBERG Transfigured Night
KAHANE New Song Cycle (World Premiere)

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For more information about Krishna Thiagarajan and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, please contact:
Amanda Ameer
First Chair Promotion
e. amanda@firstchairpromo.com
ph. 212.368.5949

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