Key Leadership Biographies

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Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director
Michael Tilson Thomas assumed his post as the San Francisco Symphony’s 11th Music Director in September 1995, consolidating a strong relationship with the Orchestra that began some two decades earlier. Read more...

Brent Assink
Brent Assink, Executive Director
Brent Assink, Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony, leads one of North America’s most forward-looking arts organizations with a distinctive combination of business skills and musical passion. Read More...

Brent Assink
Sakurako Fisher, President
Sakurako Fisher was elected President of the San Francisco Symphony in December 2012 and has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony’s Board of Governors since 1992.  Read More...


Christian Reif, Resident Conductor and Music Director of SFSYO
German conductor Christian Reif joins the San Francisco Symphony as Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) in fall of 2016. Read More...


Edwin Outwater, Director of Summer Concerts
Now launching his tenth season as Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS), Edwin Outwater also serves as Director of Summer Concerts at the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), and was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Eastern Sierra Symphony, a summer festival in Mammoth Lakes, California. Read More...

Ragner Bohlin
Ragnar Bohlin, Chorus Director
Ragnar Bohlin began his tenure as Chorus Director of the San Francisco Symphony in March 2007. Under his leadership, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. Read more...

Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor Laureate
Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, was Music Director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1998-2005 and Chief Conductor of the NDR Sinfonie in Hamburg from 1996-1998. Maestro Blomstedt made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in February 1984, in concerts that led immediately to his appointment as Music Director. Read more...