Some thoughts as the LA Phil names Simon Woods as their new CEO
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Some thoughts as the LA Phil names Simon Woods as their new CEO

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced yesterday that Simon Woods will be their new Chief Executive Officer effective January 22, 2018. The  54-year old native of London has been President and CEO of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Overall, I think this is good news.  Some thoughts and observations on the announcement: Advertisements Continue reading

RIP Mitchell Peters, former LA Phil Principal Timpani
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RIP Mitchell Peters, former LA Phil Principal Timpani

Sad news yesterday from the Los Angeles Philharmonic that Mitchell Peters, member of the orchestra from 1969 until his retirement in 2006, has passed away at the age of 82. Mr. Peters was named Co-Principal Percussionist in 1972 and took over the Principal Timpani in 1982.  He was also well-known as a composer, arranger, and … Continue reading

The next LA Phil Principal Oboe could be Ramón Ortega Quero [UPDATED: Nov 2]
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The next LA Phil Principal Oboe could be Ramón Ortega Quero [UPDATED: Nov 2]

Spanish oboist Ramón Ortega Quero — aka Ramon Ortega — has been offered the position of Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He will take over the position vacated by Ariana Ghez earlier this year if he chooses to accept the offer. [UPDATE:  2 NOV 2017:  An earlier version of this article stated that Mr. … Continue reading

Chatting with the LA Phil woodwind principals Whitney Crockett, Denis Bouriakov, and Boris Allakhverdyan
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Chatting with the LA Phil woodwind principals Whitney Crockett, Denis Bouriakov, and Boris Allakhverdyan

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has made some rather impressive hires during the Gustavo Dudamel era, but perhaps none more intriguing than the three stellar principal woodwinds.  They’re tough to miss, both because they sit dead-center in the orchestra and, more importantly, because their playing is impeccable.  They also share a notable line-item on their curriculum … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2017 edition):   Details on Ghez, Dennis, Hooten, and others (UPDATED)
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2017 edition): Details on Ghez, Dennis, Hooten, and others (UPDATED)

It’s time once again for your roundup on recent personnel movement (and lack thereof) at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  There is much to cover, so let’s get right to it, starting with the biggest news of the summer . . . The stories behind the departures of Ariana Ghez and Carrie Dennis The biggest buzz … Continue reading

LA Phil new contract redux:  upon further review, looks like they’re the best paid orchestra after all
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LA Phil new contract redux: upon further review, looks like they’re the best paid orchestra after all

My previous story on the Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians’ new 5-year contract has caused some buzz, even though the $164,726 annual base compensation the LA Phil players will receive in 2022 is not tops among US orchestras. (For a quick comparison, see this chart  of the eight highest-paid orchestras, care of Drew McManus on Adaptistration). Well, … Continue reading

LA Phil players ink new 5-year contract
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LA Phil players ink new 5-year contract

The truism that “the rich get richer” has been once again proven accurate, both literally and figuratively. First, the literal part:  yesterday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil) and American Federation of Musicians Local 47, AFL-CIO, jointly announced agreement on a new five-year labor contract, with base wages ultimately reaching Continue reading