became Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall in July 2005, having
been appointed the previous season. He
is responsible for developing the artistic concepts for Carnegie Hall
presentations in its three halls – the celebrated Isaac Stern Auditorium (cap.
2804), the innovative new Zankel Hall (cap. 600), and the intimate Weill
Recital Hall (cap. 268) – representing approximately 180 performances each
season, ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, solo recitals, and
chamber music to jazz, world, and popular music.
Mr. Gillinson also oversees the management of all
aspects of the world-renowned venue, including strategic and artistic
resource development, education, finance, and administration and
The Weill Music Institute which taps the resources of Carnegie Hall to
music education to people from all walks of life in the New York City
metropolitan region, across the United States, and around the world.
arrival in New York, Mr. Gillinson has worked to build upon the quality,
creativity, diversity, and extraordinary history for which Carnegie Hall
widely known. Under his leadership,
Carnegie Hall has embarked upon a bold new direction in its concert and
education programming, augmenting and integrating current offerings with
large-scale festivals each year that use the full range of the Hall’s
and educational resources and take audiences on musical journeys that
beyond single performances and concert series.
Carnegie Hall presented its first major international festival, Berlin
in Lights, in November 2007,
exploring the vibrant city that is Berlin today. Berlin
in Lights was followed by two city-wide festivals examining the
culture and distinctive history of American music—Bernstein: The
Best of All Possible Worlds in fall 2008 and Honor! A
Celebration of the African American
Cultural Legacy in spring 2009—and
Ancient Paths, Modern Voices, an expansive festival celebrating
culture in fall 2009. A new West Coast partnership with the Philharmonic
Society of Orange County and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa
California brought Carnegie Hall’s festival programming to audiences
New York for the first time in fall 2009, when the China festival was
simultaneously on both US coasts. In the
coming season, Carnegie Hall will present JapanNYC,
an ambitious two-part festival exploring the Japanese cultural landscape
more than 40 events throughout New York City in December 2010 and spring
2011. A sister festival—JapanOC—will be presented in Southern
California from October 2010 through April 2011.
demonstration of his strong belief that the arts should be central to
and accessible to all, Mr. Gillinson also conceptualized and helped
The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the
Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of
Education. Established in 2007, The
Academy is an innovative fellowship for outstanding US-based
musicians. Designed to help bridge the
gap between academic and professional lives, the two-year program
musicians with performance opportunities, advanced musical training, and
intensive teaching instruction and hands-on experience working in New
was born in Bangalore, India, in 1946; his mother was a professional
and his father, a businessman, also wrote and painted. Mr. Gillinson
studying the cello at the age of eleven and played in the National Youth
Orchestra of Great Britain. He went to London University to study
but realizing that he wanted to make music his life, entered the Royal
of Music, where he gained a Recital Diploma and won the top cello
prize. After attending the Royal Academy of Music,
Mr. Gillinson became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
joined the London Symphony Orchestra cello section in 1970 and was
the Board of Directors of the self-governing orchestra in 1976, also
Finance Director. In 1984 he was asked by the Board to become Managing
of the LSO, a position he held until becoming the Executive and Artistic
Director of Carnegie Hall in 2005.
Gillinson's leadership, the LSO initiated some of that city’s most
and successful artistic festivals, working with many of today's leading
artists. In the international touring arena, the LSO established an
residency in New York from 1997 and was a founding partner in the
Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in 1990, with Leonard Bernstein and Michael
Thomas. Mr. Gillinson believes in
taking great music to the society at large.
In this area, his initiatives with the London Symphony Orchestra
included the development of the LSO Discovery music education program,
over 30,000 people of all ages annually; and the creation of LSO St.
the UBS and LSO Music Education Center; which involved the restoration
reconstruction of St. Luke’s, a magnificent, but previously derelict
18th-century church. Mr. Gillinson also
created LSO Live, the orchestra's award-winning international CD label.
has served as Chairman of the Association of British Orchestras; was one
founding Trustees of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and
Arts; and was founding Chairman of the Management Committee of the Clore
Leadership Programme. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British
in the 1999 New Year Honours List and received the 2004 Making Music Sir
Charles Grove Prize for his outstanding contribution to British music.
Mr. Gillinson was appointed Knight Bachelor
in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2005, the only orchestra manager
be honored with a Knighthood. He received
an Honorary Doctorate from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in May
2007. In May 2010, he received an
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Skidmore College and was
the Eastman School of Music’s Luminary Award. In 2011, Mr. Gillinson served on the cello jury of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Mr. Gillinson is an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School (HonFGS) and
also serves on the Honorary Board of Brubeck Institute of the University
and his wife, Penny, have three children, Sarah, Miriam, and David. An
reader and champion of the theater and cinema, Mr. Gillinson is also a
enthusiast and participates regularly in tennis and running.
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