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Deborah Borda's career has been distinguished by her creative leadership, commitment to innovation, and progressive outlook on the role of orchestras in the 21st century. The first arts executive to join the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence, Borda will discuss her almost 15-year tenure at the helm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sharing the challenges and rewards of managing the largest symphonic organization in the United States.
Deborah Borda's tenure at the LA Phil has been marked by a series of artistic and educational initiatives that have garnered worldwide acclaim and become models within the orchestral music industry. She assumed her present duties in 2000, at which time she reinvigorated plans to build Walt Disney Concert Hall and expand the scope of the organization's presentations there. She oversaw the addition of a new shell for the Hollywood Bowl, the orchestra¹s summer home, and broadened the venue's offerings. In 2009, she gained the classical music world's attention by spearheading the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as Music and Artistic Director. Each of these
accomplishments is tied to the highly-regarded business and curatorial plan which Borda developed upon her arrival in Los Angeles and which has been credited with restoring the orchestra to robust artistic and financial health.
Prior to her position in Los Angeles, Borda was Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic for a decade, General Manager of the San Francisco Symphony, and President of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A Bennington/Royal College of Music alumnus and a former professional violist, Borda is in demand internationally as a consultant and lecturer.