Press Room: Institutional

"[Cal Performances is] the most adventurous high-quality performing arts organization in the country" (David Littlejohn, Wall Street Journal)
"... there's really no overstating how central this organization has been to the cultural life of the Bay Area, or how much joy and enlightenment it has given us over the years." (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle)
"Some of my best memories of the past 30 years are from Berkeley" (Mikhail Baryshnikov, San Francisco Chronicle)
"Cal Performances continues to astound." (Jason Serinus, East Bay Express)
"[Cal Performances] might consider changing its name to 'One Stop Culture Shop.'" (Lou Fancher, SF Weekly)

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Benjamin Britten/Curlew River – A Parable for Church Performance (November 2014)
John Harbison/For Violin Alone (March 2015)
Handspring Puppet Company/Ubu and the Truth Commission (May 2015) Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky/The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) (June 2014)
Mark Morris/Acis and Galatea (April 2014)
Kronos Quartet/Combat Paper Project (April 2014)
Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax/Brahms and Beyond (February 2014)
Anne Sofie von Otter and Emmanuel Ax/ (January 2014)
Berkeley Symphony/Ossicles (January 2014)
Harrison Birtwistle/Gigue Machine (January 2013)
Philip Glass/Einstein on the Beach (October 2012)
Peter Sellars/Desdemona (October 2011)
Mark Grey/Fire Angels (April 2011)
Merce Cunningham/The Legacy Tour: Pond Way (March 2011)
Laurie Anderson/Two-Sided Plays (May 2010)
Vladimir Martynov/Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished) (December 2009)
Ex Machina/Robert Lepage's The Blue Dragon (June 2009)
Aviya Kopelman/Widows and Lovers (February 2009)
Laurie Anderson/Homeland (October 2008)
Mark Morris/Romeo & Juliet (September 2008)

Matías Tarnopolsky, Executive and Artistic Director (August 2009 – )

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.

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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.

Pictured: Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky.
(credit: Kat Wade)

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Pictured: Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky.
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Pictured: Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky.
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