|Pamela Ajango French|
|Oboist Pamela French has been an in‐demand freelance musician and professor for 15 years. She is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Circle City Wind Quintet, and is adjunct professor of oboe at Butler University. She plays regularly with the ISO as a substitute player, with visiting Broadway productions, at local recording studios and area churches, and with regional orchestras and chamber groups. She maintains a successful studio of private students and is an active contractor through her company, Pamela French Music Contracting.|
|Ted is the Chief Revenue Officer at Remote-Learner, a provider of educational technology hosting, services, support, custom development, instructional design, workforce development training and strategic consulting services for corporations, k-12 schools and higher-education institutions in North America. As Chief Revenue Officer, Ted is responsible for leading all of Remote-Learner’s sales, marketing and partner organizations.
Prior to joining Remote-Learner, Ted was Vice President of Blackboard Business Development where he led the launch of the Blackboard Partnerships™ program and more recently headed the development and launch of the Blackboard Store™. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Business Affairs at ePals, Inc. (now Cricket Media), a k-12 focused global provider of platforms for collaborative classrooms, and also held management positions at AOL.
Ted earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for Adoptions Together, a Washington DC area based non-profit serving children and families who have been joined through adoption, kinship care, and guardianship in addition to facilitating domestic and international adoptions.
Ted lives just outside of New York City in Pelham, NY with his wife, Jessica, and their two children.
|Dan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and studied engineering and worked as an engineer prior to law school. Dan has also worked as an Intellectual Property Attorney at a major Am Law 100 international law firm. Dan has studied violin performance with faculty members at the Juilliard School and is an avid follower of classical music.|
|Erik Ochsner is Music Director of SONOS Chamber Orchestra and is one of the founding members of SONOS.
Ochsner’s versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading 300 performers in “live to projection” concerts of films like Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, and Pixar in Concert. About his recent New York City performance of The Rite of Spring, The New York Times wrote: “All the hallmarks of a great Rite were here.”
Erik is Artistic Director of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation.
Erik is on the Board of Directors of the United Palace of Cultural Arts.
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|Brian Wise is an arts editor, journalist and digital producer who has worked in radio, online and print media.
As a print journalist, Wise’s work has appeared in numerous outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, Christian Science Monitor, Listen Magazine, FiveThirtyEight, Travel and Leisure and BBC Music Magazine. For the latter publication he writes “Live Choice,” a monthly guide to concerts in North America.
In broadcasting, Wise has produced a live, daily music talk show, a weekly roundtable podcast, and an online video series featuring leading classical musicians.
Along with his coverage of music, the arts and philanthropy, one can also find Wise’s writing in program notes, marketing copy, newsletters and other publications.
Wise received a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, where he majored in music history and minored in communications. Subsequently, he attended Northwestern University, where I received a Master’s degree in musicology with a concentration in journalism.
|Angela Maria Blasi is one of today’s leading lyric sopranos and performs regularly with international opera houses and festivals of the world including Munich, Vienna, London, Milan, Brussels, Florence, Hamburg, Berlin, and the Metropolitan Opera. Read more here.|
|Producer Meg Fagan has 20 years of professional experience in administration for the performing arts, including development and strategic planning, performance and event production, marketing, finance, and artist management. Originally a professional oboist with extensive performance experience, Ms. Fagan also directed her own chamber ensemble and concert series. After moving into arts administration in the early 1990s, she spent 10 years as a Director of Development for a variety of organizations including The Kitchen, Dancing in the Streets, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Ms. Fagan also served as Acting Director of Dancing in the Streets. As a strategic planning and fundraising consultant, her clients have included The Kitchen, Dancing in the Streets, Brooklyn Philharmonic, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Music-Theatre Group, Dance/USA, Foundation for Jewish Culture, NY Transit Museum, Studio Dante, and Diamanda Galas.
|Ivry Gitlis is considered to be one of the most legendary violinists of this century. His performance in New York City at Carnegie Hall with the legendary pianist Martha Argerich in 2002 was sold-out with thunderous standing ovations. He has performed with the world’s finest orchestras: Vienna, Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, Israel, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam and with leading conductors including Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Michael-Tilson Thomas, Eliahu Inbal, and Charles Dutoit. His debut recording, Alban Berg’s concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” received the Grand Prix du Disque in France. He has performed chamber music with many of the greatest artists including Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, William Primrose, Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich. In addition to classical music, Gitlis has an interest in rock and jazz violin. In 1968, he performed with Yoko Ono in the concert Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus. A frequent collaborator to the cinema as a composer as well as an actor, he has worked with the likes of Truffaut and Schlondorff. In 1981, his autobiographical book L’Ame et la Corde was published to unanimous critical acclaim. In 2001, he was one of the artists featured in Bruno Monsaigeon’s film “The Art of the Violin. Tony Palmer’s 2004 film on Ivry Gitlis was premiered at the Prague Spring Music Festival. Based in Paris, Ivry Gitlis continues to perform extensively throughout the world and is an exclusive recording artist for EMI Classics. Since 1988, Gitlis was continues to serve as UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador.|
|Bob Ling immigrated from China at the age of seven and grew up in the midwest. He has lived in New York his whole adult life pursuing a career in advertising. After having studied the piano in his youth through high school, he has maintained a keen enjoyment of classical music and interest in its creative world. He has had extensive experience in alumni fund raising for his alma mater.|
|Dr. Christopher Ng joined Gilead in 2003 as an Associate Director, Medical Sciences supporting the Hepatitis Franchise in the Bay Area. Chris was promoted to the position of Director, Medical Sciences in 2006 and to the Field Director of Hepatitis Medical Scientist Team in August, 2007. Prior to joining Gilead, Chris was a practicing internist/hospitalist at the New York University Downtown Hospital where he was involved with or led several innovative care programs. Chris obtained his undergraduate degree from New York University, his medical degree from SUNY – Stony Brook and his MBA in Strategic Management from the Lubin School of Business.|
|Robert Spano is among the most innovative and imaginative conductors of his generation. Now in his seventh season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched its repertoire and elevated it to greater prominence. He has conducted the major orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Among the orchestras he has led internationally are the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic. Mr. Spano has appeared with the opera companies of Chicago, Houston, and Santa Fe, and at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and Welsh National Opera. In August 2005 he conducted three consecutive cycles of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Seattle Opera, and returns to conduct the Ring cycles in 2009|
|The conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical, multimedia, Eastern and Western musical traditions. A winner of today’s most prestigious honors—the Grawemeyer Award for classical composition, Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Musical America’s “Composer of The Year” —Tan Dun’s music has been played throughout the world by the leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television. His latest work, Secret Land for Orchestra and Twelve Violoncelli for the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle premiered in June 2004 in Berlin. Tan Dun’s current commissions include a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera to premiere in December 2006, and a new work for pianist Lang Lang to premiere in 2008.|
David R. Warren, MD first began serious studies in classical music appreciation under the radio tutelage of Karl Hass (Adventures in Good Music) during college at Denison University (WOSU) and through medical school at Case Western Reserve University (WKSU and WCLV). He completed many advanced courses with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall- $10 front row student tickets. During the past 17 years, classical music has continued to inspire and inform him as an HIV primary care clinician and researcher in New York City and San Francisco and drives his commitment as a board member of SONOS Chamber Orchestra.
|Dr. Mark Yeh is a Board Certified Radiologist in private practice in Pasadena, California. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Duke University. He went on to complete his residency training at the University of Southern California followed by further fellowship training in MRI. He has been involved with music since he was young, playing classical piano as he was growing up and performing with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and Dartmouth Wind Symphony as a percussionist and timpanist in college. Despite his busy career in medicine, he continues to participate actively in the arts with pursuits in dance, subscriptions to the LA Philharmonic, and the occasional entrée into the independent film world as a Producer/Executive Producer. Professionally, he serves on the board of directors of his county and state radiology societies and also on the Council of the American College of Radiology.|
|Erich Kunzel’s distinguished career was personified by his 2006 National Medal of Arts, presented by President and Mrs. Bush at a ceremony in the Oval Office at The White House in 2007. The National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government, is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. The legendary “Prince of Pops” was also honored in September 2008 as an inductee into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
The late Maestro Max Rudolf invited Mr. Kunzel, then a young conductor on the faculty of Brown University, to join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as an associate conductor in 1965. For decades he led the orchestra, packing houses in Cincinnati’s Music Hall and Riverbend Music Center, and also gaining new fans the world over through tour performances, PBS television specials and millions of recordings sold on the Telarc label.
Starting in 1978, Mr. Kunzel recorded 90 albums on the Telarc label with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. More than 55 of these albums appeared on the Top 10 Billboard Charts. He was named Billboard Magazine’s Classical Crossover Artist of the Year for an unprecedented four consecutive years. Several Grammy Awards, the distinguished Grand Prix Du Disque, and the Sony Tiffany Walkman Award for “visionary recording activities” highlighted his fantastic recording career of over 125 albums.
Outside of Cincinnati, Maestro Kunzel appeared in more than 100 performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, where he holds the record for attendance – 22,000. Since 1991 Maestro Kunzel had led the National Symphony on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in PBS-TV’s nationally televised Memorial Day and Fourth of July concerts. In 1996, the Fourth of July concert drew a record crowd of nearly a million people to the Capitol, as well as the largest viewing audience for a musical event in PBS history.
Educated at Dartmouth, Harvard and Brown Universities, Mr. Kunzel studied with, and was personal assistant to, the great French conductor Pierre Monteux. He made his professional conducting debut in 1957 leading Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona with the Santa Fe Opera Company. By 1970, when Arthur Fiedler invited him to conduct the Boston Pops for the first time, Mr. Kunzel’s commitment to “pops” was assured. He led the Boston Pops in more than 100 performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall and on tour in the U.S. and England.
He received the 1994 Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement from Dartmouth College, his alma mater, and in 2006 he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest honor society. Dartmouth College honored him in June 2007 with the Honorary Doctor of Arts degree. He also received honorary degrees from University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, College of Mount St. Joseph, Wilmington College and Northern Kentucky University. He was named by the Ohio Arts Council as a special recipient of the 1991 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. In 1995, Mr. Kunzel received the 1995 Salvation Army “Others” award in recognition of his contributions to the city of Cincinnati, the same year that the Cincinnati MacDowell Society honored his contributions to the arts community by awarding him the MacDowell Medal. In 1996 the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the performing arts.
Maestro Kunzel was also Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Arts and Education Center, an organization whose plan to build a new School for the Creative and Performing Arts adjacent to Music Hall will be complete in 2010.
|Alicia de Larrocha|
|Alicia de Larrocha has developed an intensive international career since her concerto debut at age of twelve, and is now recognized as an artist of interpretive insight. Throughout her illustrious career, she was a regular performer in all of the important musical centers of the world including the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has collaborated with a number of eminent musicians, among them Victoria de los Angeles, Monserrat Caballe, and the Guarneri and Tokyo Quartets. An exclusive recording artist with BMG/RCA Classics, her releases have included the complete piano concertos of Mozart with the English Chamber Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis. She has performed with the greatest orchestras and conductors all over the world including the Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Berlin, London, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Israel, NHK (Tokyo), Paris, Montreal, Toronto and with leading conductors including Rafael Fuhbeck de Burgos, Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Michael-Tilson Thomas, Daniele Gatti, Gerard Schwarz, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit. Ms. de Larrocha is the recipient of many special distinctions including the Paderewski Memorial Medal, the Principe de Asturias prize, an Honorary Doctorate from University of Michigan, the German critics’ prize, three Grammy awards, and two Grand Prix du Disque. After retiring from performing, she is now on the faculty at the prestigious International Piano Foundation in Cadennabia, Italy. She currently resides in Barcelona, Spain.|