The Cleveland Orchestra appoints director of artistic planning

Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson announces the appointment of Cristina Rocca as director of artistic planning. Ms. Rocca will be responsible for managing all aspects of artistic planning and programming at The Cleveland Orchestra, including managing all artist relations, programming, and presentations at Severance Hall and the Blossom Festival. She will begin her duties with the Orchestra on January 3, 2011.

Gary Hanson said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina Rocca. Her extensive global experience in artistic administration and her long-term relationships with artists of international stature will make her a valuable member of our team.”

Cristina Rocca comes to Cleveland from the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg in France , where she has served as artistic manager since April 2006. In this role, she has been responsible, in collaboration with music director Marc Albrecht, for the programming and artistic administration of the concert season promoted by the OPS, including symphonic and chamber music concerts and recitals, education concerts, and operas in concert version. Her role also includes negotiating with Radio France regarding broadcasts, working with the record label PentaTone, and negotiating national and foreign tours. Prior to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Ms. Rocca held positions including head of concerts and programming for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom, working with conductors Yakov Kreizberg and Marin Alsop; head of artistic programming for the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, working with principal conductor Daniele Gatti; and assistant to music director Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Opera.

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