Numa Bischof Ullmann (born 1970) has been the artistic and executive director of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since 2004. During his tenure, the orchestra has become one of the leading Swiss orchestras with an international scope. Having nearly doubled both its budget and its number of concerts, the orchestra today performs in first-class venues all over Europe and Asia and records for global labels. Numa also developed a new entrepreneurial approach to financing and running a cultural institution. For this purpose, in 2008, he founded the private foundation “Stiftung für das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester” funded by major Swiss entrepreneurs. He is also the founder and artistic director of a new festival called Zaubersee, dedicated to Russian Music and centered in Lucerne, and serves as the vice president of the national association for symphonic orchestras. Besides this, he serves as a board member for an international charity foundation and acts as a jury member for competitions and award-giving institutions. Numa studied languages, musicology and cello in Basel and Zurich and received a degree in business in Basel. Raised in Switzerland, France, and Italy with extensive travels to Asia, Africa, North and South America, a multilingual environment remains a crucial necessity in his life.