Key Leadership Biographies


Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director
Michael Tilson Thomas assumed his post as the San Francisco Symphony’s 11th Music Director in 1995, consolidating a relationship with the Orchestra that began with his debut here in 1974. Read more...


Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director Designate
Composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s restless innovation drives him constantly to reposition classical music in the twenty-first century. Read more...

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Mark Hanson, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Hanson joined the San Francisco Symphony as Executive Director on September 1, 2017. Read More...


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...


Daniel Stewart, Wattis Foundation Music Director, SFSYO
Recipient of Aspen Music Festival’s 2010 James Conlon Conducting Prize, Daniel Stewart is Music Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony.  Read More...

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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 received a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the recording of 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...