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Ole Baekhoej Named New Chief Executive of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

November 19, 2012 | By Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Annette zu Castell, member of the MCO board: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ole Baekhoej as Chief Executive. We believe that his personality, skills, and background are ideally suited for leading the orchestra in its further development. Already during our initial conversations we found that we have a common understanding of what we believe is special about the MCO and what we want to try to achieve in the future.”

Ole Baekhoej: “I am excited and honoured to have been offered this opportunity to work closely with the excellent musicians and staff of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Together with them it is my aim to create future opportunities for more great music-making. During my time as a free-lance double bass player, I enjoyed the wonderful chance to work with some of the very best professional orchestras, and I have also experienced the amazing joy of music-making through playing in some of the finest international youth orchestras. The MCO somehow manages to combine these two qualities in a very special way. I look forward to contributing my experience as a musician and as a manager to further develop this unique orchestra.”

The 42-year-old native Dane Ole Baekhoej has more than 10 years of orchestra management experience. He was General Manager of Gabrieli Consort & Players in London from 2001 to 2008 and Artistic & Executive Director of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra of the Danish Radio in Copenhagen from 2008 to 2012. He studied music in Denmark and the Netherlands, played double bass with several international youth orchestras (Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, EUYO and EUBO) and later worked as a professional freelance musician with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum, and the early music ensemble Concerto Copenhagen.

Elaborating on his thoughts for the future of the MCO, Baekhoej emphasizes partnerships: “Looking at the impressive results achieved by the relatively young organisation in a very competitive international classical music environment, it strikes me that the MCO has a very special ability to forge unique and innovative partnerships with artists and organisations. I believe that this approach also holds great potential for the future – by nurturing existing relationships and at the same time staying open-minded and creative while looking for further partnership opportunities.”

During the tenure of current General Manager Andreas Richter, the MCO has enjoyed much international success in opera, concerts, and recordings, and the MCO’s administrative structure has been professionalised and developed. Andreas Richter established new funding sources and support networks for the orchestra, including the MCO Foundation and the MCO’s role as Cultural Ambassador for the European Union. New important initiatives such as the education and outreach programme MCO Landings and the MCO Academy with activities on five continents have been successfully developed and implemented. Annette zu Castell: “We are grateful to Andreas Richter for all the excellent work that he has done for our orchestra since 2007 and we look forward to our continued collaboration until the end of his term in March 2013.”

Ole Baekhoej takes up the Chief Executive role for a 5 year period starting in April 2013.

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