American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Yim as president of ACO, effective February 21, 2017. Yim succeeds Michael Geller, who held the position from 1996-2016.
Edward Yim is vice president for artistic planning for the New York Philharmonic. As the senior staff director in charge of programming, he has collaborated across the organization to create and maintain the organization’s artistic profile by initiating long-term project development, engaging guest conductors and soloists, and coordinating repertoire for a year-round schedule of concerts in New York, international touring, and media activities. Previously, Yim was senior vice president and director of the Conductor and Instrumentalists Division at IMG Artists and served as director of artistic planning for both New York City Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
“I couldn’t be happier to welcome Ed Yim to ACO,” said ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel. “For years he has devoted his talents and energy to serving American music and the composers who write it. Ed’s integrity, sophistication, intellect, and vision align beautifully with the orchestra’s unique mission, and I look forward with great enthusiasm to working together.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Ed Yim as the next president of American Composers Orchestra,” said Frederick Wertheim, ACO’s board chairman. “Ed is a long-standing orchestra industry professional with vast experience in artistic planning and other related arts management activities. As a well-connected and respected leader, he impressed our search committee with the articulation of a solid vision for ACO and the field of contemporary American music and composers. ACO will benefit enormously from Ed’s expertise, skills, and creativity as we move forward with achieving our organizational, financial, and artistic goals this year and in the future.”
“I am excited and honored to serve as the new president of ACO,” Yim said. “Composers are my heroes — ultimately everything we do in music depends on their innovation, authenticity and passion. The chance to dedicate myself — alongside the talented board, staff and musicians — to these artists is a dream. Together, we will honor the legacy of American music and, even more importantly, serve as an incubator and advocate for today’s voices. I am thrilled by this opportunity to champion American composers striving to write vital, original work for the 21st century.”