Chad Smith Appointed President & CEO of Boston Symphony Orchestra

By Logan Martell

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced that Chad Smith has been appointed as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective in the fall of 2023.

Smith is currently the Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where for the last four years he has worked alongside Gustavo Dudamel to implement and advance a number of orchestral programs, as well as reach new audiences.

In his new role as the Julian and Eunice Cohen President and CEO of the BSO, Smith will manage the BSO under Andris Nelsons, the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, and Tanglewood. He will also work to establish new programming initiatives to deepen the organizations’ community and civic engagement.

“Chad is an extraordinarily accomplished executive with a track record of unrivaled success at producing environments where orchestras thrive, audiences experience orchestral music in both traditional and non-traditional ways, and one-of-a-kind partnerships flourish,” said John Loder, Vice Chair of the BSO’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Search Committee that recommended Smith’s appointment, in an official press statement. “A tested leader with deep experience in all aspects of orchestral administration, and a conservatory-trained classical musician, Chad possesses a singular ability to balance new programming initiatives with the critical preservation of artistic tradition at the highest level. The BSO has a long history of setting standards for the entire orchestral field, and Chad brings to the BSO a demonstrated commitment to sustaining excellence and increasing impact.”