Artistic Strategies Consultant
Robert Moir spent twenty-six years in senior management of the Pittsburgh Symphony, departing in June 2015 as Senior Vice President for Artistic Planning and Audience Engagement. Among his many achievements for the PSO: scouting and recruitment of Manfred Honeck to become Music Director; booking ten international tours in ten years, plus five domestic tours and several appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; attracting the first recording contract in over ten years, and playing a key role in the recruitment of Marvin Hamlisch to become Principal Pops Conductor. He is also responsible for the recruitment of Steve Hackman and the innovative and successful Millennials-focused FUSE@PSO series.
In all, he programmed twenty-six classical subscription and eleven pops seasons for the PSO, as well as countless other concerts. He has organized and curated several festivals, and has done the vocal casting for numerous operas and oratorios. In 1992 he established the Education Department of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and conceived and produced the first Fiddlesticks Family Concerts, a series that continues to be a popular success today.
Moir has a natural instinct for story-telling and engaging audiences of all demographics. He has created many multi-media concerts that incorporate scripts and hosts, humor and drama, video and still-image projections, and actors on stage and in the audience.
As the chief artistic planner for the PSO, he worked closely with Music Directors Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, and Manfred Honeck, Artistic Advisor Sir Andrew Davis, Principal Guest Conductors Leonard Slatkin and Yan Pascal Tortelier, former Music Director Andre Previn, and frequent guest conductors Gianandrea Noseda, Marek Janowski, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Juraj Valcuha, Jeannette Sorrell, and many others. Possessor of a keen eye for talent, Moir invited Andris Nelsons, Juraj Valcuha, and Omer Meir Wellber to give their American debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is responsible for the commissioning of more than eighty works.
A “lifelong veteran” of the music business, Robert Moir won his first professional audition at age eleven, earning a position in the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. In high school he played trombone with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony, which provided the first of a lifetime’s experience of international orchestral touring. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, and his Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Moir free-lanced in New York and Boston, spent a year playing in the KBS Symphony in Seoul, and managed Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for five years before coming to Pittsburgh. He speaks in public often about music and the music industry, and maintains long-standing relationships with an extensive network of industry contacts throughout the world.