CMU President Joins Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees

 PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh Symphony Inc. is proud to welcome Subra Suresh, president of Carnegie Mellon University to its board of trustees as an ex officio member.

Suresh began his tenure as ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University on July 1, 2013. Prior to assuming this role, he served as director of the National Science Foundation. A distinguished engineer and scientists, Suresh is the only current university president to be elected to all three National Academies (and the only Pennsylvanian of the 16 Americans who share this honor) — the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering. The former dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Suresh has co-authored hundreds of articles, registered 21 patents and written three books. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, a master’s degree from Iowa State University and a Doctor of Science from MIT. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony board in December.

For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration. The PSO has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit

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