NEW YORK — Clive Gillinson, who has managed the London Symphony Orchestra for two decades, has been named executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. Gillinson takes up his post next July.
Announcement from Carnegie Hall chairman Sanford I. Weill ends a search that began in February following the sudden death on Jan. 30 of Robert Harth. Harth had taken over leadership of the Gotham musical institution in September 2001 and was credited with revitalizing its programming. He also oversaw planning of Zankel Hall, the venue’s new, smaller concert house, inaugurated last season.
Following Harth’s death, Carnegie Hall’s board announced a merger with the New York Philharmonic that was subsequently aborted.
Gillinson, 58, has been with the LSO for a total of 34 years — he played the cello for the orchestra for 14 years before becoming managing director of the self-governing org.
In a statement Gillinson said, “Carnegie Hall is the inspirational home for the world’s greatest music and musicians. I cannot imagine a greater honor than to be asked to lead it into the 21st century, following in the footsteps of so many remarkable people, including the late Robert Harth, who have taken it to its preeminent position.”
Carnegie Hall vice chairman and treasurer Klaus Jacobs, who has been serving as acting exec director, will continue to do so until Gillinson arrives, but Gillinson will be participating in programming decisions for future seasons.