LPO announces Cristina Rocca as new Artistic Director

Cristina Rocca

We are thrilled to announce Cristina Rocca as our new Artistic Director from November 2020. Currently Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rocca joins the LPO from November 2020.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra today announced the appointment of Cristina Rocca as its Artistic Director from November 2020. Rocca brings to the LPO a wealth of international experience gained from senior positions at many of the world’s leading orchestras. As Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rocca is responsible for the design and execution of all artistic plans, developing innovative programmes and engaging guest artists for the Orchestra.

Born in Bologna, Italy, Rocca was previously Artistic Director for the 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 Orchestra; and Head of Artistic Planning for the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Rocca joins David Burke, the LPO’s Chief Executive, as part of the senior administration of the Orchestra following the retirement earlier this year of Timothy Walker CBE AM. Rocca arrives at the LPO at an exciting moment of transition in its history. She will lead the future artistic vision with Edward Gardner OBE, Principal Conductor Designate, who in September 2021 succeeds Vladimir Jurowski, who will remain as Conductor Emeritus. The LPO also recently announced the appointment of Karina Canellakis as its Principal Guest Conductor from September 2020.

Victoria Robey OBE, Chairman of the LPO Board, and Martin Höhmann, LPO President, commented:
'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.

'As Cristina joins the LPO family, working closely with Edward Gardner and David Burke, we feel tremendous optimism for the Orchestra in the years to come, building on its world-class reputation and the continued commitment to reaching broader, inclusive audiences while achieving sustained diversity within the sector.'

Cristina Rocca commented:
'I am truly delighted to be joining the great London Philharmonic Orchestra and teaming up with Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis to enable the Orchestra to bring the joy of live music-making once again to its patrons and the wider community. Together with David Burke and the team I will work hard to ensure that as many people as possible will enjoy this wonderful Orchestra.

'I want to pay a personal tribute to Riccardo Muti, who has taught me so much; it has been a great privilege and a joy to work with him. I also want to thank the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for countless magnificent performances; the President, Jeff Alexander; and all my dear colleagues who have worked so hard to maintain the organisation and the CSO in its preeminent position as one of the great orchestras in the world.'