Artist Advisory Council

The Artist Advisory Council endorses the mission and quality of the Academy program and provides occasional advice and counsel.


Rachel Barton Pine, Violin Performing Artist - American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, New Zealand and Iceland Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Israel and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, and Placido Domingo.  A tireless ambassador for classical music, Ms. Pine is dedicated to community engagement and music education. She frequently participates in pre-concert conversations, gives master classes, and presents programs in public schools. Her creative efforts to reach new audiences include appearances on rock radio stations and solo concerts in alternative venues. Ms. Pine's charitable activities include serving as a life trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago and president of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.


Heidi Castleman, Professor of Viola, The Juilliard School - Heidi Castleman has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Banff Centre, Blossom Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and currently at the Orford Arts Center and Heifetz Institute; co-founder and viola faculty of the Quartet program(1970-90). Member of New York String Sextet; guest artist with Cleveland, Audubon, Lydian, and Cavani Quartets.  Former faculty: Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, SUNY-Purchase, Rice U., and Philadelphia Musical Academy. Ms. Castleman has been on The Juilliard School faculty since 1995.


John Corigliano, Composer, Distinguished Professor of Music, Lehman College at the City University of New York and Composition Faculty at The Juilliard School -  Mr. Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. His numerous scores—including three symphonies and eight concerti among over one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works—have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Recent scores include Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the François Girard's film of the same name, which won Corigliano the Oscar in 1999.


Roberto Díaz , Violist, President, Curtis Institute of Music  - A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, whose viola concerto he has performed numerous times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he will premiere in the United States during the 13-14 season. 


David Finckel, Cellist, Co-Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Cellist David Finckel's multifaceted career as concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur places him in the ranks of today's most influential classical musicians. In recognition of artistic excellence and achievement in the arts, David Finckel and his long time recital partner, pianist Wu Han, were named Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year. He has been hailed as a "world class soloist" (Denver Post) and "one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today" (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). Beyond the duo's recital activities, Mr. Finckel served as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet for thirty-four seasons, during which he garnered eight Grammy Awards including two honors for "Best Classical Album," three Gramophone Magazine Awards, and the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded in 2004 for the first time to a chamber ensemble.


Wu Han, Pianist, Co-Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Wu Han has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious concert series and venues across the United States and around the world.


David Finckel and Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. Their duo performances have garnered superlatives from the press, public, and presenters alike. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo appears each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States. Through a multitude of other education initiatives, such as their newly created chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival and School, they have achieved universal renown for their passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists. David Finckel and Wu Han reside in New York. 


Sel Kardan, President, The Colburn School - Sel Kardan attended the Peabody Conservatory where he studied violin with Daniel Heifetz and Sylvia Rosenberg and viola with Paul Coletti and Victoria Chiang.  Mr. Kardan was instrumental in the development of the Heifetz Institute and served as its Executive Director. Prior to the Colburn School, Kardan served as the music director of Shirver Hall Concert Series at Johns Hopkins University and President/CEO of the Music Institute of Chicago where he developed the Academy, a prestigious pre-conservatory training program. Kardan was a faculty member at the Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, the Peabody Preparatory, and the International School for Musical Arts in Ontario, Canada.


Joel Smirnoff,  Conductor, Violinist and eminent pedagogue -  President, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2008-2016. Violinist, Juilliard String Quartet, 1986-2008. Chair, Juilliard violin department, 2000-08. In 2000, made his official American conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program; has since conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, Louisiana Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, and New World Symphony, among others. In Europe, led the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Basel Sinfonietta in a European tour with Charles Rosen as soloist in the Elliott Carter Piano Concerto. Second-prize winner, International American Music Competition for Violin, 1983; subsequently awarded debuts at Carnegie Hall on its Emerging Artists series and at Town Hall on its Midtown Masters series. Recipient of a Lifetime Grammy Award for his recorded work with the Juilliard String Quartet and an Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago. As a jazz musician, had solos featured on the Grammy Award-winning CD Tony Bennett Sings Ellington Hot and Cool; has also been guest soloist with Gunther Schuller and the American Jazz Orchestra, and the Billy Taylor Trio.