PBO: Administration

Robert Birman

Robert A. Birman
Executive Director

Robert Birman joined Philharmonia as Executive Director in October 2001, having served for four years each as the chief executive of the Santa Barbara Symphony and General Manager of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. He served as an arts administration fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991; an ISPA fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; and worked two summers at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. Since moving to California, Mr. Birman has been a member of the Board of Directors and is currently President of the Board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He has served on grants panels for the California Arts Council and is a regular presenter and participant in programs of the American Symphony Orchestra League's Orchestra Leadership Academy. Mr. Birman is a percussionist and has a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and graduate training in arts administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the board of Early Music America and is a member of the advisory board for Seattle Baroque Orchestra and San Francisco's newest chamber music organization, Ferrymusic.

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