London Philharmonic selects Elena Dubinets as artistic director

Posted on: April 13, 2021

“Elena Dubinets, recent chief artistic officer of the Atlanta Symphony … highly regarded musicologist, author, and lecturer, is to be the London Philharmonic’s artistic director, as of next September,” writes Susan Elliott in Friday’s (4/9) Musical America (subscription required). “Victoria Robey OBE, LPO Chairman, and Martin Höhmann, LPO President, cited her ‘widely recognized innovation, attention to detail and huge interest in relevant technological applications, as well as her creativity and clarity of vision.’ Prior to Atlanta, the Russian-born Dubinets was VP of artistic planning and creative projects for the Seattle Symphony. Over her 15-year tenure, she is credited with widening the orchestra’s repertoire, especially through contemporary work and commissions, and launching its in-house label, which garnered a number of Grammy Awards. At the LPO, she’ll work with CEO David Burke, incoming Principal Conductor Edward Gardner, Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis, and Vladimir Jurowski, who exits at the end of the season to become Conductor Emeritus. Dubinets succeeds Cristina Rocca, who only came to the orchestra last fall—from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—but has opted to step down after the death of her longterm partner.”