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l.a. phil chief deborah borda to leave for new york

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l.a. phil chief deborah borda to leave for new york

when the new york philharmonic held a search for a new music director in 2015, there was speculation that america’s oldest orchestra would look toward the los angeles philharmonic’s former music director and current conductor laureate, esa-pekka salonen, for a new vision. new york looked elsewhere, however, selecting dutch conductor jaap van zweden.then the top job of president and ceo opened this year, and now the new york philharmonic has finally come calling. the orchestra announced wednesday morning that it has hired away l.a. phil president and ceo deborah borda.borda, who ushered the l.a. phil into walt disney concert hall in 2003 and brought conductor gustavo dudamel to l.a. in 2009, will return to the orchestra she headed in the 1990s. she will begin in new york on sept. 15., replacing matthew vanbesien, who resigned in january. until then, borda said, she will continue to serve at the pleasure of the l.a. phil board.on the surface, this is a startling coup for new york. in her 17 years as head of the l.a. phil, borda has made it the most successful and glamorous orchestra in america and the most progressive major symphony in the world, premiering an unprecedented amount of new music, staging operas and rethinking every aspect of the symphony orchestra for the 21st century.in so doing, she also erased a multimillion-dollar deficit that she inherited and turned the l.a. phil into the most prosperous symphony in the country, with the largest budget. borda may have a...