The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today announced the appointment of André Gremillet as its next Managing Director.
Gremillet, currently the President and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), will take up position on 5 November 2012 said MSO Chairman Harold Mitchell.
André Gremillet has held his current position at NJSO since January 2007 and has contributed to the turnaround of the organisation. A native of Québec, Canada, he is a conservatory-trained pianist, and holds a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, New York and an MBA from McGill University, Montreal.
“The Board is delighted André Gremillet has accepted the opportunity to lead the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as it begins an exciting new chapter at the refurbished Hamer Hall, under the baton and artistic guidance of Sir Andrew Davis,” Mitchell said.
“He brings a new outlook, energy and level of music appreciation which will allow the MSO to maintain its path of innovation and artistic excellence, as well as a strong commercial and strategic background which will help the Orchestra continue to build a solid foundation of financial stability,” he continued.
Michael Ullmer, MSO Board member and Chair of the Managing Director Search Committee, echoed these sentiments: “In this current climate, Orchestras in Australia and around the world need leaders with exceptional fundraising and philanthropic skills and André Gremillet will bring these attributes to the MSO.”
“I am excited to be joining the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and look forward to embracing all the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Gremillet. “It is such an exciting time in the life of this great Orchestra, with the reopening of its concert home, Hamer Hall, just around the corner and the recent announcement of Sir Andrew Davis as its new Chief Conductor, and I feel strongly that this new chapter is just the beginning of a grand new future for the musicians, staff and audience of the MSO.”
The Board, musicians and staff of the MSO look forward to welcoming André Gremillet in November and to working closely with him as the Orchestra heads into its 2013 season.