Marya Martin, artistic director of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (bcmf.org), announced the appointment of Michael Lawrence to the position of executive director.
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. He succeeds Derek Delaney, who stepped down in November after serving in the position since 2007.
“We are all very excited to welcome Michael to BCMF,” said Martin. “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. ”
“It is truly an honor to work alongside artistic director Marya Martin on this storied festival,” said Lawrence. “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.”
Since 2007 Lawrence 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. Lawrence served as director of artistic programs at the League of American Orchestras from 2003 to 2007 and was manager of artists and programs for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2003.