Dr Krishna Thiagarajan was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in August 2015. Dr Thiagarajan joined at a pivotal moment in the Orchestra’s 125-year history, overseeing the final stages of the company’s move from Henry Wood Hall – its home since 1979 – to the purpose-built, state-of-the-art rehearsal, recording and education facilities of the RSNO Centre, in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s UNESCO City of Music.
Dr Thiagarajan joined the RSNO from the New York City-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where he served as Executive Director since January 2013. Whilst there, he was responsible for increasing audiences, including sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall, commissioning new work, touring the Orchestra to Japan, Colombia and throughout Europe, ensuring financial stabilisation and overseeing the orchestra’s first self-produced recording.
Previously Dr Thiagarajan served as President of Symphony in C – one of three professional training orchestras in the United States – as well as Senior Director of Artistic Operations for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in Rochester, New York state’s third largest city.
Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Dr Thiagarajan trained as a pianist and performed throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, where he studied with Leonard Hokanson and taught as an associate instructor of piano. He later received his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied with pianists Santiago Rodriguez and André Watts. In 1997, he founded and directed Kammermusikkurs in Dortmund, Germany, a chamber music festival with internationally acclaimed faculty and students.