Matthew VanBesien is the Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic. Prior to the Philharmonic, Mr. VanBesien served as managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2010–12); this followed positions at the Houston Symphony as executive director and chief executive officer (2005–10) and general manager (2003–05). He is a member of the Board of Overseers for The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a former Board Director for Symphony Services International (formerly Symphony Australia).
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. VanBesien earned a bachelor of music degree in French horn performance from Indiana University. As a professional musician, he was second French horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans from 1992 to 2000. In the 2001–02 season he completed the League of American Orchestra's Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, a highly selective, year-long management training program designed to develop orchestral leadership talent. During this fellowship he worked at the Aspen Music Festival, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Matthew VanBesien is married to Rosanne Jowitt, a geoscientist.