Robert Birman joined the Louisville Orchestra as Chief Operating Officer in October 2008 and became Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2009. He served as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra from 2001, the nation’s premier period-instrument orchestra, overseeing national and international tours, Internet distribution of recordings and debut engagements at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ravinia Festival, The Concertgebouw and the BBC Proms, among others. Having served for four years each as the chief executive of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, he also served as the executive director of the Dubuque Symphony; arts administration fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts; an ISPA fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; and worked two summers at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. Mr. Birman has been a member of the Board of Directors and is Past President of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, and The Heinz Endowments and is a presenter and participant in programs of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Leadership Academy.