Sir Clive Gillinson was born in Bangalore, India, in 1946; his mother was a professional cellist and his father, a businessman, also wrote and painted. Sir Clive began studying the cello at the age of eleven and played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He went to London University to study mathematics, but realizing that he wanted to make music his life, entered the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained a Recital Diploma and won the top cello prize. After attending the Royal Academy of Music, Sir Clive became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Sir Clive joined the London Symphony Orchestra (SLO) cello section in 1970 and was elected to the Board of Directors of the self‐governing orchestra in 1976, also serving as Finance Director. In 1984 he was asked by the Board to become Managing Director of the LSO, a position he held until becoming the Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall in 2005.
Under Sir Clive’s leadership, the LSO initiated some of that city’s most innovative and successful artistic festivals, working with many of today’s leading artists. In the international touring arena, the LSO established an annual residency in New York from 1997 and was a founding partner in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in 1990, with Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas. Sir Clive believes in taking great music to society at large. In this area, his initiatives with the London Symphony Orchestra included the development of the LSO Discovery music education program, reaching over 30,000 people of all ages annually; and the creation of LSO St. Luke’s, the UBS and LSO Music Education Center, which involved the restoration and reconstruction of St.
Luke’s, a magnificent, but previously derelict 18th‐century church. Sir Clive also created LSO Live, the orchestra’s award‐winning international CD label. Sir Clive has served as Chairman of the Association of British Orchestras; was one of the founding Trustees of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; and was founding Chairman of the Management Committee of the Clore Leadership Programme. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the 1999 New Year Honours List and received the 2004 Making Music Sir Charles Grove Prize for his outstanding contribution to British music. Sir Clive was appointed Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2005, the only orchestra manager ever to be honored with a Knighthood.
Sir Clive received an Honorary Doctorate from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in May 2007. In May 2010, he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Skidmore College and was recipient of the Eastman School of Music’s Luminary Award. In 2011 and 2015, he served on the cello jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He received the 2012 International Citation of Merit at the New York 2012 ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Congress. In 2012, Sir Clive was invited to become a Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. Sir Clive is also an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School (HonFGS) and serves on the Honorary Board of Brubeck Institute of the University of the Pacific. In recognition of Carnegie Hall’s successful Vienna: City of Dreams festival and continued close collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Austrian government honored Sir Clive by bestowing upon him its prestigious Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver for services to the Republic of Austria. In addition, he received the Theodore S. Kesselman Award from the New York Youth Symphony in October 2014, and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music Award in spring 2015. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the new master’s degree program at the New York Institute of Technology. Titled, Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industry (LAEI), the program is designed to prepare future leaders in the arts and entertainment industry.
Sir Clive recently co‐authored a book, Better to Speak of It, published by Arch Street Press in October 2016. Centered on core management and personal values, the book offers specific, first‐hand experience from Sir Clive and many leaders within key cultural, educational, nonprofit and corporate fields, appealing to readers ranging from nonprofit managers, arts‐administration students, and the public interested in the health and well‐being of the arts, as well as corporate executives and staffs seeking insight into how creativity can be applied with substantial results.