Cristina Rocca joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association as vice president for artistic planning, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Chair, in March 2015. Rocca is responsible for the design and execution of all artistic plans and vision for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, working closely with CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti and CSOA President Jeff Alexander to develop innovative programs and to engage guest artists for the CSO; her role also includes supervision of Symphony Center Presents and MusicNow series.
Born in Bologna, Italy, Rocca was previously artistic director, Orchestre National de France, a post she held from September 2012 until 2015. Before that, she was director of artistic planning for the Cleveland Orchestra. She also has been the artistic manager for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, head of concerts and programming at the Bournemouth Symphony, and head of artistic planning for the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Rocca is known for her strong skills in orchestral arts administration, her collegiality and professionalism and her deep knowledge of and experience with classical music repertoire and artists. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Her numerous accomplishments include widening and diversifying the repertoire and pool of visiting artists at the Orchestre National de France, where she worked alongside Music Director Daniele Gatti to enhance the orchestra’s position nationally and internationally. There she also strengthened relationships with the ARTE, Medici and Mezzo television and web companies. In Cleveland, Rocca’s knowledge of and experience in the European music world helped contribute to the success and diversification of the orchestra’s programming at home and on tour.