Marina Mahler is the granddaughter of composer Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler, and the daughter of sculptor Anna Mahler and conductor Anatole Fistoulari. In 2004 she founded with Ernest Fleischmann and the Bamberger Symphoniker the Mahler Competition for Conducting. The first prize winner of the inaugural competition was Gustavo Dudamel of Simon Bolivar Orchestra and El Sistema in Venezuela which led to a career that has gone from strength to strength on the international concert stage. Subsequent winners have reflected the prestige of this competition – the winner of 2016 competition was rising star Kahchun Wong from Singapore.
In the 1980s Marina Mahler was the spearhead of an open letter to Presidents Bush and Mitterand and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the Independent newspaper along with Bernard Henri Levi and Gilles Hertzog against the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia sitting in the UN signed by over 50 politicians and people in the arts and music. This led to an invitation to be part of the literary Comité de Rédaction of the magazine, La Règle du Jeu, founded by Guy Scarpeta and Bernard Henri Levy. Also in the 1980s Marina Mahler initiated the idea, with Claudio Abbado and Peter Diamond, and worked for 2 years on what later was known as Mahler, Vienna and the 20th century, a festival at Barbican, London with London Symphony Orchestra. She worked for a similar period with the city of Klagenfurt to plan a biennial festival for Mahler with contemporary music commissions until elections bringing to office the far right cancelled the project.
She has long been an ardent champion of young artists in the field of music and visual art and in more recent times has been an active patron of the arts, first setting up the Anna Mahler Association to give residencies in Spoleto, Italy to visual artists practicing in a wide spectrum of disciplines and to encourage young curators, in her mother’s old home. This sparked into life a further entity, Mahler & LeWitt Studios, which increased the scope of the arts residencies, incorporating the neighbouring studio of Sol LeWitt. Marina Mahler has inspired and seeded Mahler Foundation which embraces and supports projects in three fields: innovation and creativity in the arts; awareness of the environment and the introduction of disadvantaged children to music in a holistic way.
As founding CEO of this leading global counter-extremism ‘think-do tank’ (https://www.isdglobal.org/), Sasha has driven the organisation’s research, policy advisory, tech, communications and community action programmes, working for over a decade to deliver real-world solutions to the rising tide of polarisation, hate and extremism.
Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the EastWest Institute where she spearheaded conflict resolution programming across the Balkans. She serves on the UK Counter-Extremism Commission Expert Group, co-chaired the EU’s Internet Radicalisation working group from 2012-2015 and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She has testified before US Congress and is a regular commentator in the media on the subjects of radicalisation, polarisation, extremism and terrorism (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News etc.).
Martin Campbell-White is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and admired artists managers of our generation. Having begun his career at Ibbs & Tillett in 1969, Martin moved to Harold Holt in 1972 and later negotiated the merger of that company with Lies Askonas, to form Askonas Holt. Martin has overseen the careers of major artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Robert Tear, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding and Bernard Haitink, as well as taking a leading role in arranging major international tours. Martin retired as Joint Chief Executive of Askonas Holt and became a Consultant to the firm in January 2014, advising and consulting its staff and artists. Martin is an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and acts as consultant for the Opera Comique in Paris.
Bill Richter is the principal of Richter Law Offices, a solo practice he formed in 2002 in Santa Cruz, California to advise entrepreneurs, investors and companies on corporate formation and daily operations, as well as in transactions including financings and mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Prior to forming Richter Law Offices, Bill practiced corporate law for five years at each of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. (Palo Alto) and Shearman & Sterling LLP (NYC and Budapest). He is a member of the California and New York State Bars. He served as Chief of the Privatization Division within USAID’s Moscow Mission in the mid-90’s. Bill holds a B.A. from Yale College, an A.M. in Russian from Harvard, and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law. His service on nonprofit boards includes (in addition to Mahler Foundation), 12 years with Santa Cruz Shakespeare and its predecessor (including as founding Board president), the American Farm School and Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece (as chair of the Legal Committee and member of Executive Committee), and 19 years of service as a founding trustee, now honorary trustee, of Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 school in Santa Cruz. Bill is a member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), an advisor to ClearHealthCosts, a startup bringing transparency to healthcare pricing in the U.S., and a mentor working with the Spanish entrepreneurs who are clients of the Spain Tech Center in San Francisco.
An international scholar, Dr. Solvik holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Music and Intellectual History from Cornell University. He was born in Norway, was raised and educated in the United States, and has been professionally active in Austria for more than two decades.
Since 2009 Dr. Solvik has served as the Center Director of IES Abroad Vienna, a study abroad institute for US matriculated college students. Before that he was instrumental in setting up the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, which he has coordinated since 1999, and has also served as lecturer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (The University for Music and Performing Arts). His teaching and administrative experience is augmented by his active and productive scholarly career as an expert on Gustav Mahler.
Dr. Solvik is Vice President of the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna and under its auspices was invited to create an exhibition for the Mahler composing hut in Steinbach am Attersee, Austria in 2016. This led to the inaugural Mahler Festival in Steinbach am Attersee, now an annual event for which he serves as Artistic Director.
Mr. Kalow is a Managing Director at Soquel Group, a consulting firm specializing in Intellectual Property and Business Development located in Santa Cruz, California. He also serves on the board of directors and audit committees of: Canvas GFX, a graphics software company; SmartCloud, a provider of real-time reasoning solutions for mission critical environments; Rope Partner, a wind energy service company; InspecTools, a developer of utility asset risk mitigation systems, using remote sensing and unmanned aerial systems; American Opera Projects in Brooklyn, NY and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Kalow served as a Managing Director for the Venture Capital Division of Trans Cosmos USA, a Japanese IT services company and strategic investor in U.S. rich media, CRM e-commerce and e-marketing companies.
From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Kalow was COO and CFO of Live Picture Inc. (LPI), a digital imaging software company that he co-founded. He was CEO of LPI from 1998 to 1999. Previously, Mr. Kalow held management positions at IBM and served as VP, Telecommunications Strategy at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Kalow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with a concentration in financial management from the University of Chicago. He attended Director’s College at Stanford Law School, June 2006. He has been a speaker at numerous industry events on digital imaging and venture capital.
Mr. Lester was raised in an artistic family in Los Angeles and Vienna. His father was professor for German and French first at UCLA and later at Loyola University Los Angeles whilst running a business in Austria and his mother was an Opera singer. He is the godson of Alma Mahler Werfel. He received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technische Hochschule Rheinland-Pfalz. Finding his education one sided, after returning to Vienna he was accepted at the Academy for Applied Arts. On completion he started work in Switzerland where he also took a degree in postgraduate Business Administration from the Sankt Gallen School of Administration. Mr. Lester retired in 1997 following a career in the industry, most recently as head of design and product development Europe Laufen, an international company with its main seat in Switzerland.
Geneva-based lawyer, founder of the law firm NOMEA AVOCATS www.nomea.ch and member of many boards of companies, foundations and associations, Bruno Mégevand is also Founder and President of the Fondation pour la Cité de la Musique in Geneva which will house a concert hall and halls for the Haute Ecole de Musique, restaurants and shops www.citedelamusique.ch. As a devoted Mahler fan, he was a very close friend to Henry-Louis de La Grange, he is Founder and President of Société Gustav Mahler de Genève www.gustav-mahler.ch, Président of the Executive Commitee of the de La Grange Fleuret Foundation in Paris, and member of the board of the Mediathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris www.mediathequemahler.org
The son of a diplomat, Dominique Meyer was born in Alsace, France, in 1955 and spent his childhood in France and Germany. In September 2010 he became director of Vienna State Opera.
Between 1980 and 1984 Dominique Meyer worked as a commissioner at the French Ministry of Industry, where he was in charge of the departments of electronics and computer industries; he was also involved in the planning and foundation of France’s first CD-factory (the second in the world), the MPO in Averton. From 1984 to 1986 he was an advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Culture Jack Lang, where he was responsible for the film and cultural industries. From 1986 to 1988 Dominique Meyer was an advisor to the presidents of the Paris Opéra Pierre Viot and Raymond Soubie.
In 1988 he joined the cabinet of the Minister of Culture and Communication with responsibility for film and television. From 1989 to 1990 he was general director of the Paris Opéra (Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille). In 1991 he became a director in the cabinet of the Ministry of Communications and Media under Minister Catherine Tasca. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as an advisor in the cabinets of Prime Minister Edith Cresson and Pierre Bérégovoy with responsibility for the areas of cultural affairs and communications, youth affairs, education and sports. He subsequently held the position of general director of the Lausanne Opera from 1994 to 1999. From 1999 until the end of the 2009/2010 season he was general and artistic director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
In the field of dance Dominique Meyer was from 1991 to 2007 president of the Ballet Angelin Preljocaj and was appointed honorary president in 2007. From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of the board of the Maurice Béjart Ballet in Lausanne as well as of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition. From 2006 to 2010 he was cashier on the board of the Foundation Nureyev.
In the field of music he was president of the French Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2010, since 2010 he has been the orchestra’s honorary president. From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of the board of directors of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. As treasurer of ProQuartet he organised chamber music concerts and string quartet performances. He was artistic consultant to Riccardo Muti during the founding of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cerubini in Piacenza. He is currently on the board of directors of the European Music Theatre Academy (EMA) of the University of Vienna as well as of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).
In the fields of film and television Dominique Meyer was president of the committee “Television, drama and music” at the Centre National de la Cinématographie from 2000 to 2003 and is the author and director of the documentary film Eclats de Voix – Schallende Stimmen (Resonant Voices) about Wagner’s Ring tetralogy, with Pierre Boulez, Patrice Chéreau, Jeffret Tate etc.
Furthermore Dominique Meyer was a researcher at the Institute of Science and Research at Paris IX Dauphine University from 1979 to 1980, assistant in market economy at Paris XIII University from 1979 to 1982, professor and historian of economics and economic concepts at Paris III University – INALCO from 1980 to 1988 and lecturer for the course Master Professionel Administration de la Musique et du Spectacle Vivant at the University of Evry, Paris until 2010.