Lynn G. Larsen
Orchestra Manager and Director of Orchestra Personnel
Before becoming personnel manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1988, Lynn Larsen was a professional French horn player. He and his wife, cellist Theresa Borsodi, were members of the Utah Symphony, with which Mr. Larsen played for seventeen years. He was born in Idaho, where his father owned a music store and his mother was a church organist and private music teacher. At the age of 10, when his family moved to Salt Lake City, he heard his first symphony concert - the Utah Symphony conducted by Maurice Abravanel. Inspired by this live performance, and having been surrounded by music all through his early years, it was natural that Mr. Larsen chose to pursue a career in music.
At eighteen, while attending the University of Utah, he began playing with the Utah Symphony. He later became the Players' Committee chairman, representing the musicians in their relations with management. He has performed in the Teton Music Festival, the Sun Valley Music Festival, and attended the Music Academy of the West. In 1984, Mr. Larsen was selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League as an Orchestra Management Fellow. He spent a year working with the Denver, Saint Louis, and New Mexico symphonies, after which he returned to playing with Utah for two more years before coming to Boston. During those two years he served as president of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, a national organization representing the 4,000 professional musicians in United States orchestras. Mr. Larsen and his wife have four children and he enjoys building computers and furniture, traveling, reading, completing crossword puzzles, and canoeing with his family. He is a teaching associate at Boston University and past president of the Orchestra Personnel Managers Conference.