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Biography
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Isaac Thompson has led a multifaceted career as performer, writer, educator, and arts administrator. Since joining the New York Philharmonic as Vice President of Artistic Planning in 2017, Mr. Thompson has overseen an ever-expanding portfolio that includes artistic planning, operations, education, and archives. He was integral in the planning of Jaap van Zweden’s inaugural season as Music Director, as well as the launch of the New York Philharmonic’s Sound On and Nightcap contemporary music series. He has been involved in commissioning more than 30 new works, expanding the New York Philharmonic’s multidisciplinary offerings with major staged productions, and planning a variety of community-focused initiatives including Phil the Hall and NY Phil Bandwagon. As Managing Director, he manages artistic, concert, and production elements of the organization.

Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Isaac Thompson served as director of Artistic Administration for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the Cincinnati May Festival, where he was responsible for creating and implementing a wide variety of artistic initiatives. Before joining the CSO, he served as vice president of Artistic Planning for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for three years, in addition to serving as the MSO’s program note annotator for two seasons. While in Milwaukee, he created the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Institute in collaboration with the American Composers Forum. Previously, Isaac Thompson was a member of the artistic team of Music@Menlo, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier chamber music festival. He has consulted on artistic projects with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Miró Quartet, ArtistLed, and The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and he has given lectures at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. As a violinist, Isaac Thompson has performed prolifically, appearing at such festivals as Aspen, Round Top, Great Mountains (South Korea), Opera and Music Theater of Lucca (Italy), Chautauqua, and Northern Lights Chamber Music Festival.

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