Matías Tarnopolsky became the president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association in August 1918. He came to Philadelphia from Cal Performances, at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was executive and artistic director since 2009. Cal Performances presents the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles, and musicians in multi-faceted residencies. He previously served as vice president of artistic planning for the New York Philharmonic, senior director of artistic planning for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and producer for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers.
A classically trained musician, Matías received degrees in music and musicology from the University of London’s King’s College. In 2013, he was named one of Musical America’s international “Movers & Shakers: 30 Key Influencers in the Performing Arts” and was selected as Classical Music “MVP” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2015, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He previously served on the Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music, and he currently serves on the boards of New Music USA, the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA, and the Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program.