Executive and Artistic Director of Cal Performances
At the start of his tenure, Matías Tarnopolsky articulated the three major artistic values around which Cal Performances is organized—artistic excellence, advocacy, and accessibility—and which inform the ambitious performing arts and education programming he has implemented. Intent on deepening the relationship between the world's greatest orchestras and the UC Berkeley campus and community, in 2011 he launched an exemplary orchestra residency program with the Vienna Philharmonic. Subsequent residences have featured Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and have included lectures, master classes, and symposia. In his first season, Tarnopolsky launched Ojai North, an artistic partnership with the Ojai Music Festival, which has brought to Cal Performances such talents as Dawn Upshaw, Peter Sellars, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Mark Morris in new and innovative settings. To nurture new audiences, Tarnopolsky created the Fall Free for All, an annual daylong festival that welcomes more than 13,000 people to the UC Berkeley campus to explore and enjoy a broad range of Cal Performances' music, dance, and theater presentations, free of charge.
An experienced and recognized artistic leader, Tarnopolsky now directs an institution acknowledged as one of the top presenting organizations in the world situated on the campus of the nation's finest public university. As Executive and Artistic Director, he oversees all aspects of approximately 125 performances each year to audiences numbering 150,000, in addition to world-class educational programs that reach more than 20,000 young people annually.
A classically trained musician, Tarnopolsky has held senior leadership positions with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony orchestras in addition to working at London's BBC Radio 3, BBC Symphony, and BBC Proms. As Vice-President, Artistic Planning, of the New York Philharmonic, he was instrumental in planning the seasons of transition between Music Directors Lorin Maazel and Alan Gilbert, expanding the programming with adventurous audience-development initiatives, and implementing new media activities for the orchestra. As Director of Programming, and later Senior Director of Artistic Planning, at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he worked closely on orchestra season planning with Music Director Daniel Barenboim and was responsible for Symphony Center Presents, the CSO's prominent presenting series. He also developed the CSO's new music series, MusicNOW; brought the West-Eastern Divan Workshop and Orchestra to Chicago; created significant audience development programs and collaborative projects with major cultural and educational partners (including the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago); programmed the CSO's training orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; and led the artistic planning of the CSO's education and community programs.
A clarinet player since the age of eleven, Matías Tarnopolsky received bachelor's and master's degrees in music and musicology, respectively, from King's College London. In 2013 he was named one of Musical America's international 'Movers & Shakers: 30 Key Influencers in the Performing Arts', was selected as Classical Music 'MVP' of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, and was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He serves on the boards of New Music USA, the Kia Ora Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program.
Associate Director of Cal Performances
Rob Bailis is a musician, writer, and performing arts curator living in his native San Francisco. A classical clarinetist, Bailis has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a recitalist across the United States, Canada, Asia, and the United Kingdom.
From 2003 to 2011, he was Director of ODC Theater. There, he was instrumental in the theater's $9 million dollar expansion of its facility. He elevated the theater's platform from regional to national and international visibility, and received numerous awards in recognition of his presenting, advocacy, and residency programs. In 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle named him "MVP" in dance presenting, describing his curation as "...smart...instinctive, and infectious." He has commissioned over 40 new works in a variety of genres, and has served as a panelist/program/policy consultant for foundations and arts funding organizations including, MAP Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital, SF Arts Commission, New England Foundation for the Arts, Chamber Music America, WESTAF, and the Center for Cultural Innovation, among many. A frequent public speaker on arts and culture, he has been heard at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, on KPFA's Against the Grain, and on NPR's West Coast Live, and has been a speaker and content provider at national conferences such as Dance USA and Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Mr. Bailis is a widely produced lyricist and librettist: His newest piece, Love/Hate, was co-commissioned by American Opera Projects and ODC Theater and premiered in April 2012 as a co-production of ODC and San Francisco Opera. The work has also enjoyed performances in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
In June 2013, he was appointed Associate Director of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, where he has been the lead designer of Berkeley RADICAL, Cal Performances' comprehensive new initiative for creativity, arts, and learning. He also leads the artistic programming team in areas of dance, theater, and world stages, and oversees the fundraising, marketing, education, and publication departments. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and Yale School of Music.