Obituary: Arts management pioneer Adam Pinsker, 79

Posted on: November 12, 2010

In Friday’s (11/12) New York Times, Anna Kisselgoff writes, “Adam Pinsker, an arts administrator who managed orchestras, chamber music ensembles and dance troupes and who successfully advised dance companies on how to survive by professionalizing their management, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 79 and lived in Manhattan. … In 1969 the Rockefeller Foundations asked Mr. Pinsker to become president for the Association of American Dance Companies, a new service organization. … As president of the association, Mr. Pinsker advised companies on attaining nonprofit status, writing charters and bylaws, and hiring publicists. … He started his career in 1954 as staff pianist and manager with the United States Seventh Army Symphony in Stuttgart, Germany. The conductor and music director then was Kenneth Schermerhorn, later conductor with American Ballet Theater and other symphony orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony when Mr. Pinsker was its manager from 1960 to 1966. After serving as manager of the Buffalo Philharmonic under Lukas Foss for two years, Mr. Pinsker was general manager of the Pennsylvania Ballet from 1968 to 1970.” Pinsker also served as executive director of the New York Chamber Symphony and the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble.

Posted November 12, 2010