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Breaking: New York Philharmonic announces new chief executive

It’s Matthew Van Besien, CEO of the Houston Symphony Orchestra from 2005 and of the Melbourne Symphony in Australia since February 2010.

He succeeds Zarin Mehta in one of the least comfortable jobs in the music world. More here.

Here’s the official announcement. And here’s a video interview with him from 2006.

Here, again, talking about one of his favorite conductors. Guess what? It’s a she.

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