These are the accomplished artists and authors who joined us in Boca in 2019.
The All Music Guide says “Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” His latest recording project The Deep with bassist Dave Finck on Chesky Records is widely praised for its versatility and virtuosity with 4.5 stars from DownBeat magazine.
Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PHD is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all.
Thomas J. Bollyky is senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. Bollyky directed the first CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force devoted to global health, entitled The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. He is also the author of the forthcoming book Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways.
In 1995, China Forbes was plucked from New York City by Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale to sing with Pink Martini, and has since co-written many of the band’s most beloved songs with Lauderdale, including “Je ne veux pas travailler,” “Lilly,” “Clementine,” “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love,” “Over the Valley,” and “A Snowglobe Christmas."
A 2016 graduate of the Moscow State Academy for Choreography, Galkun was accepted that same year into the corps of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater.
Born in Tbilisi, Godovsky completed his training at the Moscow College of Choreography (today the Moscow Academy of Choreography) in 1993. He then joined the Bolshoi Theatre Company. His coach at the Bolshoi was Boris Akimov, and since 2011 he has worked at the Bolshoi as repetiteur.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, Leadership in Turbulent Times.
Joachim Horsley is a composer, pianist, and arranger who has created the scores for over 50 film and television projects. Recently, his Via Havana videos, where he performs new arrangements blending great works of classical music with afro-carribean rhythms, has been viewed millions of times online, garnering him international attention.
Constantine Kitsopoulos, Festival Boca's Music Director, has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and musical theater, where he can be found leading orchestras on Broadway.
Felicia Marie Knaul (MA PhD, Economics, Harvard University) dedicates herself to global health research, advocacy and policymaking focused on reducing inequities and improving the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable populations.
Born in Moscow, into a family of ballet artists, Lazareva graduated from the Moscow State Academy for Choreography in 2000 and was admitted to the Bolshoi troupe. In 2008 she graduated from the Producer Faculty of the Gnessin Academy of Music.
Based in Miami, Nu Deco Ensemble is a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century. Through exciting and adventurous classical music performances, Nu Deco Ensemble presents various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues.
Paul Winter and his group, the Paul Winter Consort, have performed around the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Miho Museum in Japan. One of the earliest exponent’s of world music, the group has also pioneered a new genre of “earth music,” (described as “ecological jazz” by fans in Russia), interweaving classical, jazz and world music elements with voices from what Winter calls “the greatest symphony of the earth.”
Founded in 1994 and featuring a dozen musicians with songs in over 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America.
Robert Pinsky is a poet, essayist, translator, teacher, and speaker. His first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism—and such national enthusiasm in response—that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world.
Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a museum and education center that sponsors national debates about constitutional issues. He is also a Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, and a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic.
The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and today is widely recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras. Of its debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, "They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure." The RNO is also described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art" (Miami Herald), "as close to perfect as one could hope for" (Trinity Mirror), and "astoundingly virtuosic" (Glasgow Herald).
One of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer, Arturo Sandoval is one of the most dynamic and vivacious performers of our time, and he has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards (where he has won 10), and the Billboard Awards.
Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Security Correspondent for The New York Times David E. Sanger writes compelling analyses and investigative articles that explain the complex events of our time. A member of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning team in international reporting, Sanger is one of the nation’s most lucid analysts of geopolitics, globalization and cyber power.
The Symphonia, a world-class chamber orchestra, is dedicated to keeping classical music flourishing in South Florida. Founded in July 2004, The Symphonia has been called a “gem of an orchestra” by music critics, because of the high caliber of its musicians, guest artists and programming. The Symphonia performs a repertoire blending classic with contemporary works, offering compositions from diverse composers.