North Carolina Symphony’s Worters headed to Cliburn

Posted on: September 2, 2010

In Thursday’s (9/2) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Tim Madigan writes, “As a Harvard undergraduate in the 1980s, David Chambless Worters wandered into a successful career in orchestra management, but his first love remained the piano. Worters’ mother was a Juilliard-trained pianist and teacher, and Worters himself studied the instrument at the New England Conservatory of Music. On Wednesday, Worters, president of the North Carolina Symphony, was named president and chief executive officer of the Cliburn Foundation, parent of the world’s pre-eminent piano competition. Worters called his new job ‘a wonderful confluence.’ … He replaces Richard Rodzinski, who led the Cliburn for 23 years before resigning last year to take an executive position with the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Worters’ selection culminated an almost yearlong international search. When he starts in December, Worters’ first tasks will include producing the competition for outstanding amateurs in 2011, followed by the quadrennial Cliburn International Piano Competition two years later. … Worters has led the North Carolina Symphony since 1999 and held similar positions with orchestras in Indiana and New York.” Worters was a League of American Orchestras (then American Symphony Orchestra League) Orchestra Management Fellow during the 1991-92 season.

Posted September 2, 2010