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Stephen is the Lead Partner for a number of KPMG’s clients. Stephen Ball has served as Vice Chairman, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of international financial institutions, multinational corporations and leading professional services firms. He has been awarded The Freedom of the City of London, Euromoney named him in 'The Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers' and The Lawyer listed him as one of 'The Hot 100 Lawyers' in the UK. His pro-bono and charitable work has included serving on the Board of Governors of The English National Ballet and on the Development Board of KIDS Charity for special needs children.
Nicholas Berwin has been involved with many organisations committed to the development of young artistic talent, including past Board positions with The Place and the Internationsal Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. He is currently Chairman of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, whcih gives grants to postgraduate conservatoire students based on auditions. His business background is as a corporate finance and strategy adviser
Aaron Dworkin is the Founder and President of The Sphinx Organization – the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music in the USA. An accomplished electric and acoustic violinist, Aaron holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan’s School of Music. An author, social entrepreneur and artist-citizen, he is a passionate advocate for excellence in music education and diversity in the performing arts. He is a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, a Member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama’s first nominee to the National Council on the Arts.
John Gilhooly became Director of Wigmore Hall in 2005, aged 32, making him the youngest leader of any of the world’s greatest concert Halls. He is a Director of the Association of British Concert Promoters (ABCP), Honorary Secretary of The Royal Philharmonic Society, and a Trustee of The Opera Group and The London String Quartet Foundation and was an occasional broadcaster on Irish radio (RTE), presenting classical and chamber music programmes. John was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in 2006 for his services to the Academy, and in 2011 was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music.
Dr. Christina Scharff is a Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her research interests include issues around culture and diversity, with a particular focus on gender. She is author of Repudiating Feminism: Young women in a neoliberal world and, with Rosalind Gill, co-editor of New Femininities: postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity. Christina’s current research is on the classical music profession and she’s particularly interested in issues around diversity and equality; the often precarious working conditions that characterise musicians’ working lives; as well as entrepreneurialism in the classical music profession. Up-to-date information about her research is available at: http://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/young-female-and-entrepreneurial/.