It looks like the Cleveland Orchestra has found a replacement for outgoing executive director Gary Hanson and it’s the former New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) and Melbourne Symphony exec André Gremillet.
According to a press statement from the orchestra, Gremillet is credited with “successfully enhance[ing] the fiscal health” of the NJSO although that phrasing may come as a surprise to many in that institution. According to an 8/3/2015 article in The Plain Dealer by Zachary Lewis, Gremillet lists an accomplishment of a $35 million capital campaign project during his time with the NJSO, however, that was the same time the orchestra reportedly sold its beleaguered collection of rare string instruments for $20 million (a figure, itself, more than $15 million below what the NSJO valued the collection).
Consequently, it is unclear whether the proceeds from that sale are part of the $35 million fundraising figure.
The Cleveland Orchestra plans to implement a phased transition from Hanson to Gremillet beginning in October, 2015.