OSL Announces New Artistic Leadership

OSL Announces New Artistic Leadership

The Co-Founder and former Chairman of IMG Artists Charles Hamlen will become Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) new Vice President for Artists & Programs, effective October 2012. In this role, Mr. Hamlen will plan repertoire and artistic collaborations for OSL's annual orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, summer residency at Caramoor International Music Festival, Subway Series, OSL@DMC and other special projects. Mr. Hamlen will follow Elizabeth Ostrow, the current Vice President, Artistic Planning, who has worked at OSL for the past 16 years.

"Charles Hamlen is a person of great esteem in the world of classical music. He's also someone with whom I've had a real meeting of the minds, and a great artistic and personal connection. He is a perfect addition to the St. Luke's family, and I am very excited to continue working with him in this new role," said OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.

"Throughout his career, Charles Hamlen has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to classical artists. His new position at OSL will allow him an opportunity to work with an outstanding group of chamber and orchestral musicians, and to explore new programming opportunities at New York City's top music venues, including OSL's new home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music," said OSL President & Executive Director Katy Clark.

"I have been an enthusiastic fan of Orchestra of St. Luke's since I first moved to New York 35 years ago. It will be a privilege to work alongside such committed and world-class orchestral and chamber musicians, to collaborate with their extraordinary Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and visionary Executive Director Katy Clark and to continue to develop and expand the innovative programs created by my distinguished colleague and long-time friend Elizabeth Ostrow," said Mr. Hamlen.

In 1981 Mr. Hamlen and Edna Landau founded Hamlen/Landau Management, which became IMG Artists in 1984. As Co-Director of IMG Artists from 1984 – 1992, Mr. Hamlen looked after the careers of several of the world's top artists. In 1993 Mr. Hamlen left IMG Artists to found Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS, a not-for-profit organization created to raise and distribute funds for AIDS-related services across the United States. In 2009 Mr. Hamlen returned to the IMG Artists fold as its worldwide Chairman.

Ms. Ostrow came to OSL in 1996 after serving as Artistic Administrator for the New York Philharmonic, and brought with her a wealth of experience in the classical music and recording industries, as well as deep ties to a range of industry leaders and artists. Since joining the staff, she has led artistic planning for St. Luke's orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, summer residency at Caramoor International Music Festival, chamber series, Subway Series, OSL@DMC, Second Helpings, as well as other artistic collaborations, special programs and festivals.

"Liz has meant so much to everyone at St. Luke's. Her imagination and keen eye for talent have allowed us to achieve new levels of artistic excellence. She has been a leader and friend. We feel fortunate to have had her so long," said OSL President & Executive Director Katy Clark.