London Philharmonic Orchestra Announces New Artistic Director

By David Salazar

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that Cristina Rocca will be its new Artistic Director starting in November 2020.

She will work alongside Edward Gardner, the Principal Conductor Designate, who will succeed Vladimir Jurowski starting in September 2021.

Rocca has worked as the Vice President of Artistic Planning at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of Orchestre National de France, Director of Artistic Planning for the Cleveland Orchestra, Artistic Manager for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Head of Concerts and Programming at the Bournemouth Symphony, and Head of Artistic Planning for the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

“We are delighted to welcome Cristina Rocca who brings to the LPO an impressive combination of experience, creative flair and expertise to shape the artistic direction of the LPO going forward. A highly respected artistic director with vision and insight, Cristina meets every challenge with optimism, passion and tenacity, characteristics that will be the bedrock of building an exciting future for the Orchestra and its audiences in the UK and worldwide,” stated Victoria Robey OBE, the Chairman of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Board, and Martin Höhmann, the orchestra’s president, in a joint statement.