Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity Appoints New CEO

Home to the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Canadian institution welcomes Chris Lorway to the role

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Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in Alberta, Canada, announced Chris Lorway as the 8th President and CEO in its 90-year history. The appointment will be in effect as of April 10th, 2023.

Lorway comes to the role from a position as the Executive and Artistic Director at Stanford Live, which takes care of the wide range of concerts, events, and programs hosted by Stanford University.

With experience in high-level arts administration, he also ran the marketing team at Toronto’s The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and was the inaugural director of the Luminato Festival, which commissioned new works from over 50 composers.

Additionally, Lorway has provided advice and consulted for institutions such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Edinburgh International Festival.

“The Banff Centre has had such a significant role in developing some of the world’s top artists and leaders and is poised to continue to build upon that legacy,” Lorway said. “I am thrilled to be selected to lead the Centre at this exciting time and look forward to working closely with the Board and staff on advancing the strategic priorities of this phenomenal institution.”

“I am excited to welcome the new CEO of Banff Centre,” said Jill Price, the incoming Chair of the Banff Centre Foundation.”Banff Centre Foundation and Banff Centre supporters are ready to be a part of this positive step forward. Banff Centre is a national treasure, and this is a transformational opportunity to re-energize its evolving purpose in Canada and the World.”

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