Michael Lawrence Named Executive Director of Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Marya Martin announced the appointment of Michael Lawrence to the position of Executive Director. Mr. Lawrence, who for the past six and a half years has served as Director of Artistic Planning and Initiatives of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, begins his tenure on January 20, 2014. He succeeds Derek Delaney, who stepped down in November after serving in the position since 2007.
Marya Martin said, "We are all very excited to welcome Michael to BCMF. His knowledge and love of music and his enthusiasm for the festival's future are invigorating and energizing, and I look forward to our partnership."
Ken Davidson, Chairman of the BCMF Board, commented, "Michael brings the skills and experience that will help us continue our 30 year BCMF tradition: presenting superior performances of interesting programs by world class chamber musicians. Michael is a perfect fit for our culture, and I know he'll have impact right from the get-go."
Mr. Lawrence said, "It is truly an honor to work alongside Artistic Director Marya Martin on this storied festival. Throughout its history the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has been synonymous with excellence, curiosity, and a beauty of performance that matches its surroundings. Being entrusted to lead the festival on the heels of 30 years of tremendous artistry is a thrill, and I greatly look forward to working with the extraordinary musicians and to developing relationships with the loyal BCMF audience and newcomers alike."
Michael Lawrence has enjoyed a distinguished career in the performing arts. Since 2007 he has served as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Director of Artistic Planning and Initiatives, working alongside Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han on all CMS programming, recordings, residency activities, touring projects, and radio broadcasts. During his tenure, he oversaw a rapid expansion of touring operations in the United States, as well as Europe, Asia, and South America, more than doubling the number of performances taking place outside of New York each season. Under his direction, CMS instituted a number of new ventures, including teaching and performing projects in Taiwan and Korea; annual residencies in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Athens (Georgia); multiple year residencies at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany and at Wigmore Hall in London; and the recently announced summer home for CMS at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.