Matías Tarnopolsky, the artistic director and executive of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, is leaving after nine seasons.
Cal Performances announced Monday that Tarnopolsky will leave his position in June to become president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He leaves a legacy of shows and performances demonstrating a range of diversity that connected audiences to innovative artists from around the world.
“The last nine years have been extraordinary, surrounded by an inspiring cultural and intellectual environment, appreciative and engaged audiences, and artists and ensembles who give their best when they perform under our auspices," Tarnopolsky said in a press release announcing his move.
Tarnopolsky, 48, took over the position at Cal Performances in 2009 from Robert Cole, who had been in the role for over 20 years. Under Cole's leadership, Cal Performances became a world-renowned institution and made the UC Berkeley organization Northern California's largest presenter of the performing arts. When Tarnopolsky came into the job, he had a institutional reputation to uphold.