Mark Williams

Beck Family Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Mark Williams’s fresh, progressive mindset imbues every facet of his work. A seasoned arts professional, Williams was appointed Beck Family Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in April 2022, to lead the internationally renowned organization into a milestone Centennial season and beyond—to set the tone for the symphonic future of Canada’s largest city.

Williams’s strategic acuity and pursuit of excellence have allowed him to flourish and deliver as an orchestra executive, with a resume that includes a nine-year tenure at The Cleveland Orchestra and serving as Artistic Administrator of the San Francisco Symphony.

As Chief Artistic & Operations Officer at The Cleveland Orchestra, Williams executive produced a flagship digital streaming concert series, In Focus, and oversaw all artist programming across diverse platforms including subscription series in Cleveland and Miami, global touring, and media. He was further responsible for management of the orchestra, music library, and choruses. He began his career in artist management, holding posts at Columbia Artists Management and IMG Artists.

As a Black executive and CEO, Williams has been active in reshaping the arts landscape—he is committed to empowering the next generation of Black and Latinx executive arts leaders, having served as a mentor for Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts & Diversity), and was a Trustee of College Now Greater Cleveland, supporting access to higher education for young people. He was also a Jury Member of the 2022 Nielsen Violin Competition.

A Cincinnati native, Williams began his career as a horn player and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, where he was honoured with the Alumni Achievement Award in 2017.

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Mark Williams’s fresh, progressive mindset imbues every facet of his work. A seasoned arts professional, Williams was appointed Beck Family Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in April 2022, to lead the internationally renowned organization into its Centennial and beyond.

Williams’s strategic acuity and pursuit of excellence have allowed him to flourish and deliver as an orchestra executive. His resume includes serving as Chief Artistic & Operations Officer at The Cleveland Orchestra and as Artistic Administrator at the San Francisco Symphony. He began his career in artist management, working at Columbia Artists Management and IMG Artists.

As a Black executive, Williams has been active in reshaping the arts landscape—he is committed to empowering the next generation of Black and Latinx arts leaders, and was a Trustee of College Now Greater Cleveland, supporting access to higher education for young people. He was also a Jury Member of the 2022 Nielsen Violin Competition.

 

 

About Toronto Symphony Orchestra

For more than a century, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has played a fundamental role in shaping and celebrating Canadian culture. Now in our 102nd year, the TSO’s commitment to musical excellence and ability to spark connection remain as strong as ever. With a storied history of acclaimed concerts and recordings, Canadian and international tours, and impactful community partnerships, we are dedicated to engaging and enriching local and national communities through vibrant musical experiences. Music Director Gustavo Gimeno brings an expansive artistic vision, intellectual curiosity, and sense of adventure to programming the 93-musician orchestra that serves Toronto—one of the world’s most diverse cities. As a group of artists, teachers, and advocates who share the belief that music has the power to heal, inspire, and connect people from all walks of life, we engage audiences young and old through an array of community-access, health-and-wellness, and education initiatives including the TSO-affiliated Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra—a tuition-free training program dedicated to cultivating the next generation of Canadian artists. Join us for a concert at Roy Thomson Hall, or experience the TSO in your neighbourhood. Visit TSO.CA or Newsroom.TSO.CA.

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