When Gillinson assumes the post in July 2005, he will be the famed New York venue's third director since Judith Aron died in 1999. Franz Xaver Ohnesorg, the former head of the Cologne Philharmonic, left in 2001 after a stormy tenure.
Gillinson joined the London Symphony in 1970 as a cellist and became managing director of the self-governing orchestra in 1984. He is widely credited with turning the group around, artistically and financially. Under his leadership, the LSO has created its own CD label, expanded touring, and built a new education center.
In a statement released today, Gillinson said that being asked to lead Carnegie Hall was an honor. "I don't think there is any other job that would have enticed me away" from the LSO, he said.
Klaus Jacob, Carnegie Hall's vice chairman and treasurer, who has been serving as acting executive director, will continue to oversee the hall's operations until Gillinson's arrival. But Gillinson will be involved in "key artistic programming decisions" in the meantime.