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Borda ’71 Tapped to Revive New York Philharmonic

The New York Times praised the down-and-out New York Philharmonic’s appointment of Deborah Borda ’71—“one of the most successful arts administrators in the nation”—as its new president and CEO.

Deborah Borda

Borda will leave her post as head of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which, over 17 years, she made into “the envy of the orchestra world,” the Times said.

"Ms. Borda’s achievements in Los Angeles read like a to-do list for New York. She ushered the orchestra into its new home, the popular Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. She bolstered the orchestra’s shaky finances and proved herself a prodigious fund-raiser, more than quintupling the endowment to $276 million this year. She signed Gustavo Dudamel as its music director when he was still in his 20s, and helped make him an international star. And she deepened the orchestra’s ties to its city while helping it earn a reputation for artistic risk-taking."