Grand Teton Music Festival
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Born in London, England, Simon Woods earned a degree in music from Cambridge University and a diploma in conducting from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
From the late 1980s to the late 1990s, he worked as a record producer at EMI Classics in London, where he initiated and produced recordings at Abbey Road Studios and on location with many of the world’s foremost classical artists and ensembles.
From 1997 to 2004, he was Artistic Administrator and later Vice President of Artistic Planning & Operations at The Philadelphia Orchestra. From 2004 to 2005, he was President & CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, before moving back to the UK in 2005 to become Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, one of the United Kingdom’s leading symphony orchestras.
Returning to the US in 2011, he became President & CEO of the Seattle Symphony, a post he held for seven years. During this period, he led the organization through a period of unprecedented artistic success, institutional growth, and fiscal stability, and built the organization’s distinctive community presence and commitment to social impact.
In November 2017, Woods was appointed CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a post he held for almost two years until leaving in September 2019. During this time, he oversaw the organization’s Centennial celebrations, relaunched the organization’s recording program, and instituted a significant new focus on collaborative culture, professional development, and equity and diversity.
In February 2020 Simon Woods joined the Grand Teton Music Festival, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as Interim Executive Director.
Passionately committed to nurturing the next generation of arts leaders, Woods has for two decades contributed to the League of American Orchestras’ professional development programs. He is Faculty Director of the League’s signature annual immersive training program, Essentials of Orchestra Management, and is known throughout the sector as a highly trusted mentor to orchestra management professionals, emerging leaders, and conductors.
Woods and his wife were honored to become American citizens in 2018.