Conductor Phillipe Entremont says he's resigning from the Denver Symphony because budget cuts made his vision of the orchestra's future "like a bird being shot in midair."

Entremont has been principal conductor of the symphony since 1986 and music director since 1987. He said Tuesday his resignation from the posts is effective in June, the end of the season.Entremont, 54, also is a concert pianist, conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and director of the Orchestra Colonne de Paris.

He said he believed the symphony was "progressing at a wonderful rate" toward the artistic goals he had set, but plans to trim its schedule because of cuts to the artistic budget threaten "to bring the orchestra 10 years back."

"With the division of opinion between myself and the board regarding the orchestra's musical goals, I had no other choice (but to resign)," he said. "I never cheat artistic matters."

The symphony has struggled financially in recent seasons, and in September the symphony board announced it would seek protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.