The role is a key one on the Bay Area cultural scene: Stanford Live is one of the most well-respected university-based arts presenters in the United States, and the Bing Concert Hall, which opened in January 2013 and cost more than $110 million to build, is Silicon Valley's most prominent classical music venue.
Lorway comes to Stanford from his role as director of programming and marketing at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto International Film Festival. Before that, he was the executive director of Soundstreams, a Toronto-based music presenter of contemporary composers. Additional career credits include the Lincoln Center Festival, The New Yorker Festival, and Toronto's Luminato Festival, where he served as founding artistic director.
“As Stanford Live approached its fifth season, we sought leadership with a long-term vision," says Leslie Hume, co-chair of the Stanford Live Advisory Council, and co-chair of the search committee for Lorway's position. "A compelling depth and breadth of experience in performing arts presentation, an excitement about exploring an expansive diversity of music and a creative approach to engaging new audiences were key criteria."
Lorway is hopeful the university-based audience will have an appetite for challenging work. But he's also interested in maintaining a balance between difficult and more accessible art. "Every season has to be about balance," Lorway says. "You try to find things that are going to challenge your audience, but you also find things that you know are going to excite people, things that they really want to see."