The Queensland Symphony Orchestra today announced that Rodney Phillips will take on the role of Interim Chief Executive from 4 April 2016.
Mr Phillips will manage the QSO while the international search for a new Chief Executive continues following the imminent departure of Sophie Galaise.
Ms Galaise leaves the QSO on 1 April 2016 to become Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Chair of the QSO Board, Mr Greg Wanchap said that under the leadership of Ms Galaise, QSO has flourished both artistically and financially. “Since 2013, QSO has cemented its reputation as an orchestral innovator, attracting worldwide attention and new opportunities, while setting benchmark standards for Australian orchestras,” Mr Wanchap said.
In 2015, QSO connected with more than 1.6 million people, presented seven sell out performances, saw ticket sales for mainstage concerts grow by 26% on the previous year, and announced an Australian first orchestral Music Director in Alondra de la Parra.
The QSO Board looks forward to working with Mr Phillips as Interim Chief Executive, to continue this momentum. He is an experienced arts manager with extensive experience in executive roles in performing arts organisations. His most recent roles, held concurrently, were Chief Executive with AEG Ogden (Perth) Pty Ltd and General Manager, His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth. In addition to his experience with performing arts venues, Rodney was also the Chief Executive of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Rodney has previously worked in Brisbane with the Lyric Opera Company of Queensland and has also had appointments with the Sydney Opera House and the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town.