Noted musicologist and author Elena Dubinets will serve in a newly-created position as chief artistic officer at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra announced this week.
She will join the symphony in August, when she will become the orchestra’s chief curator, overseeing both musical and educational programs at the ASO.
Dubinets received masters and doctoral degrees in musicology and music theory from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia and has lived in the U.S. since 1996.
She most recently held the position of vice president of artistic planning and creative projects at the Seattle Symphony.
She specializes in music of the 21st Century and during her time in Seattle her orchestra commissioned 60 compositions by a diverse groups of artists, including Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams of Alaska. She also focuses on emigre composers and American mavericks.
Dubinets has published four books and more than 100 articles in the U.S., England and Russia, in both scholarly journals and general publications.
As the ASO’s chief artistic officer, she will combine the roles previously held by Evans Mirageas, vice president of artistic planning and Holly Hudak, senior director of education.
The ASO’s executive director Jennifer Barlament called Dubinets a “scholar and professional of the highest levels artistically and creatively.”
In a press release, Barlament said she expects Dubinets to guide the ensemble toward “transformative orchestral experiences for longtime music lovers as well as newcomers. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”