Before The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra unveils who would be the next Artistic Director to succeed the outgoing Flemish master Edo de Waart, the orchestra announces yesterday that Michael MacLeod will become the orchestra’s Chief Executive Officer effective the first of April.
Mr. MacLeod directly replaces So Hau-leung who has been acting as an interim CEO during the interregnum. Before Mr. So is Tim Calnin, the former administrator of Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. MacLeod was the manager of John Eliot Gardiner’s musical forces, including the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. It is not yet apparent if Mr. MacLeod’s appointment would hint on the next Artistic Director guess.
Also on the news is the appointment of Taiwan-born violinist Cho-Liang Lin to become the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. The festival will due in January 2012.
How about 2011? January 2012 would be 18 months from the previous instalment, which happened in July 2010. So my guess is there won’t be a large scale festival organised by the same presenter this year.