Daniel Hart has served as Executive Director since 2004. Since then, in concert with a stellar management team and Board of Trustees, the BPO has accomplished a number of important milestones, including a quadrupling of endowment funds to more than $32 million and record season ticket sales. The orchestra has completed three much-heralded tours of Florida in 2010, 2014, and 2016, and returned to Carnegie Hall as part of the 2013 Spring for Music festival. The BPO has produced 36 CD titles for the Naxos label and the BPO’s own label, Beau Fleuve. In 2009, the BPO recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man won two GRAMMYs, while numerous other CD projects have received GRAMMY nominations. The BPO has also appeared twice on NPR’s popular program “From the Top,” and its concerts are now broadcast as many as 20 times annually on American Public Radio’s Performance Today. Attendance for the BPO’s education programs has grown dramatically as well, from 15,000 to over 40,000 in 2013-14.
Mr. Hart's career began when he was chosen to participate in the prestigious Orchestra Management Fellowship Program of the League of American Orchestras. His Fellowship year included residencies with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His first position after the Fellowship was as Assistant Manager/Development Director of the Kansas City Symphony (1987-88) where his duties spanned fundraising, education and operations. His first Executive Director post was with Baton Rouge Symphony (1988-90), followed by the Colorado Springs Symphony (1990-94), and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (1994-98). Prior to his arrival in Buffalo, he served as President and Executive Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1998-2004).
Over the years, Mr. Hart has served on committees of the League of American Orchestras and as a grant review panelist for the Colorado Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts and the Michigan Council on the Arts. Mr. Hart currently serves on the board of Young Audiences of Western New York. Trained as a musician on double bass, Mr. Hart performed as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the American Youth Orchestra, Debut Orchestra of the Young Musicians Foundation in Los Angeles and the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy, before embarking on a career in orchestra management.