Change of general manager in 2017/2018 season

29 Feb 2016

Martin Hoffmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, will not be extending his contract which expires in summer 2017.

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, said in a Senate Chancellery press release: “I have learned with regret of Martin Hoffman's decision not to extend his contract of seven years when it expires at the end of August 2017 and to leave his position as general manager. Martin Hoffmann has made a major contribution to the Berliner Philharmoniker and the city of Berlin, and has played an essential role in ensuring that the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation is now ideally positioned for the future, both structurally and economically. An accomplished general manager, he has also successfully opened Berlin's top orchestra to new concert formats, audiences and supporters. For this, Martin Hoffmann deserves my special thanks, as well as the thanks of Berlin music lovers. I look forward to the remaining outstanding work together with him for the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Foundation.”

Chairmen of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ulrich Knörzer and Knut Weber: “It is with regret that we have learned that the general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Martin Hoffmann, will not be extending his contract when it expires in August 2017. His tenure has been marked by many major decisions, including the election of a new chief conductor. We thank Martin Hoffmann for his close work together with the bodies of the orchestra and look forward to another season with him. Martin Hoffmann also deserves our thanks for informing us of his decision at this early stage. This gives us, together with the cultural authorities of the Berlin Senate, the opportunity to find a suitable successor.”

Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker: “I have loved working with Martin over these last six years. He has brought good sense, good humour and no small creativity to one of the hardest jobs in our profession. He has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the orchestra and we all owe him the deepest gratitude.”

Martin Hoffmann has been general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation since the 2010/2011 season. His current contract ends on 31 August 2017.

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