Edinburgh International Festival

New appointments at Edinburgh International Festival

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Two new appointments have been made to the management team of the Edinburgh International Festival. Creative producer and former artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Nicolas Zekulin (pictured left) takes the role of head of music programme. Also, joining the festival’s team as head of artistic management is Paul Sharp, the former director of Licensing at Directors UK.

Since moving to the UK from Canada, Zekulin has worked across the Scottish arts landscape with organisations including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Most recently, Zekulin has been leading the award-winning chamber music collective Hebrides Ensemble as their general manager. From 2017 to 2021, Zekulin worked as the chief executive and artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Sharp joins the Edinburgh International Festival from Directors UK, where he represented the creative, economic and contractual interests of UK screen directors. Prior to this, Sharp worked with the Royal Opera House for a decade, most recently overseeing the delivery of more than 150 performances each year with The Royal Opera as its contracts manager.

This year the Edinburgh International Festival takes place from August 2-25 and is set to see more than 2,085 artists from over 42 countries around the world taking to stages across the city in August.

Sharp said: “I am delighted to be joining the Edinburgh International Festival and to work alongside the team in delivering and celebrating some of the world’s most exciting talent and artistic programming. I’m already so impressed by the festival’s ability to look inwards as well as outwards, putting its audience at the core of what it does, seeking deeper connections and remaining committed to an international outlook.”

Images: Nadine Boyd 2024 / Lucy Webb 2024