Krishna Thiagarajan is president and CEO of the Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall. Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, Thiagarajan was chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, he was previously the executive director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, president of Symphony in C, and the senior director of artistic operations for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. An accomplished pianist, Thiagarajan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park. He most recently earned his certificate for Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. Thiagarajan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chineke! Foundation. He also serves on the National Alliance for Audition Support Advisory Board, a Sphinx Organization-led alliance between the New World Symphony and League of American Orchestras. He was a Center panelist for Re:imagining Recovery grants in 2021.