Krishna Thiagarajan named president and CEO of Seattle Symphony

Posted on: June 19, 2018

“The Seattle Symphony board has selected Krishna Thiagarajan, currently chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as its new president and CEO,” reports Janet I. Tu in Monday’s (6/18) Seattle Times. “Thiagarajan starts in his new position Sept. 1, succeeding Simon Woods, who left in January to become CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Thiagarajan’s appointment is part of some big changes at the top for the Seattle Symphony, with Thomas Dausgaard set to step into the music director role in the 2019-20 season, succeeding Ludovic Morlot. Longtime Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly will be replaced by Chair-Elect René Ancinas.… The symphony cited [Thiagarajan’s] track record in balancing budgets and growing ticket sales and donations.… (In the U.S., Thiagarajan has held executive positions with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Symphony in C.) Seattle Symphony also cited his leadership on recordings, international tours, commissioned new works, education programs for students, and community and corporate relationships. As CEO of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to which he was appointed in August 2015, Thiagarajan oversaw the final stages of the company’s move from its longtime home … increased the number of orchestra performances and audience attendance figures, and boosted earned and contributed income.”

Posted June 19, 2018

Pictured: The Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot in performance (large photo). Krishna Thiagarajan (inset photo)