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San Francisco Symphony appoints Nick Winter as Director of Artistic Planning

August 27, 2014


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SAN FRANCISCO, August 27, 2014 – The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) today announced the appointment of Nick Winter as Director of Artistic Planning, effective September 24. Winter is currently Director of Artistic Administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and succeeds John Mangum, who departed the SFS in June to become President of the Orange County Philharmonic Society.

Since 2009, Nick Winter has been Director of Artistic Administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), working closely with music director Riccardo Muti, Vice President for Artistic Planning Martha Gilmer, musicians, and guest artists to plan and implement the CSO’s artistic vision. In Chicago, Winter has also been active in the development of such high-profile initiatives as the Mead Composer-in-Residence Program, and MusicNOW, the CSO’s acclaimed new-music series. Born in England, Winter studied at the Universities of Oxford (UK) and Voronezh (USSR). His career in arts management began at the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, founded by composer Benjamin Britten. In the early 1990’s, Winter founded a concert agency based in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and organized concerts, tours, and festivals in the new Russia, independent Baltic States, Armenia and Georgia. For six years, he was Artistic Administrator of the European Opera Centre, a training program for young singers and one of the European Union's emblematic cultural initiatives. Before moving to Chicago, Winter held the position of General Manager of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. For BBC Radio he has presented Music of the Motherland, a series charting the history of 20th-century Russian music for which he won a Sony Radio Award.

As Director of Artistic Planning for the San Francisco Symphony, Winter will work closely with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas in setting the Orchestra’s artistic direction and act as a member of the executive management team. He will oversee programming for the Orchestra’s 31-week subscription season, recording projects, commissioning programs, the SFS Chorus, tours, festivals, and provide artistic direction for the SF Symphony’s 200+ concerts and presentations each season. The San Francisco Symphony serves one of the largest concert-going and music education audiences in the U.S. 

In making the announcement, SF Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink said, “Nick’s energy, passion, and insatiable curiosity instantly attracted our attention during the international search for our next Director of Artistic Planning. With keen artistic sensitivity combined with a varied administrative background, Nick brings a broad perspective to the opportunities that will develop for the San Francisco Symphony in the years ahead. I am delighted that he is joining us.”

"I have enjoyed working with Nick on a variety of projects over these past years,” said Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. ”His profound knowledge of music and his clarity of thinking have produced many excellent results and I look forward to our collaboration."

"I am excited and honored to be joining the San Francisco Symphony team,” said Winter. “I look forward to working with the musicians and with Michael Tilson Thomas, who has done so much to sustain and develop the Orchestra's essential position as a vibrant and innovative artistic institution in this unique and beautiful city."

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