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Extraordinary Professionals

Our International Ambassadors are a select group of individuals that have demonstrated their commitment to music education for today’s youth.

These extraordinary professionals are masters of their craft, and strong advocates for music education.

As an International Ambassador they endorse the mission and values of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

Their support allows us to expand our impact and reach new audiences across the world.

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Roberto

Alagna

Roberto

Alagna

International Ambassadors

The greatest venues and festivals everywhere have welcomed him, from the National Opera in Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York to London’s Royal Opera House, the Chorégies in Orange, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and La Scala in Milan.

In his 30-year career, French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna has added over sixty roles to his repertoire: Alfredo, Calaf, Canio, Cavaradossi, Don Carlo(s), Don Jose, Faust, Manrico, Maurizio, Nemorino, Otello, Radames, Rodolfo, Romeo, Ruggero, Turiddu, Werther…, all in performances which have made Alagna the most famous French tenor in the world. Also, his taste for exploration has shown his love for lesser-known or long-forgotten repertory, via productions, concerts and recordings he championed such as Massenet’s Le jongleur de Notre-Dame, Le Cid or La Navarraise, Lalo’s Fiesque, Zandonaï’s Francesca da Rimini, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Le roi Arthus by Chausson and L’enfant prodigue by Debussy… He sang as well in Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama, a very rarely staged critical edition of L’Africaine. In 2017 at the Metropolitan Opera, he revived a flamboyant Cyrano de Bergerac by Alfano in its original version of 1935 (acknowledged as the “Alagna’s version” in the reissued score by Ricordi). Even two contemporary operas have been composed especially for him, Vladimir Cosma’s Marius et Fanny, after Marcel Pagnol, and Le dernier jour d’un condamné, after Victor Hugo, which was composed by David Alagna with a libretto by Roberto and Frederico Alagna, premiered on stage in France in 2014 and released in DVD.

A prolific discography, a fertile eclecticism

His genuine love for an immoderate number of roles (and the genius of their composers) has made Alagna’s discography as impressive as his insatiable curiosity for vocal art. Exclusive artist with EMI (1993–2004) then Deutsche Grammophon (2005-2017), he signed in 2017 with Sony Classical. With recordings for Erato, Sony, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon these past ten years, his discography is one of the richest that exists and covers a wide range: complete sets, duets, oratorios, operas, anthologies of great works, religious and popular songs. Credo, Viva Opéra, Airs de Berlioz, Bel canto, Robertissimo, Luis Mariano, Sicilian, Pasión are some of his numerous albums, reflecting the musical eclecticism of his career. His records have sold in millions. He was praised for his album released in late 2014, My life is an Opera, an emotional recital of arias and duets illustrating his career and personal story as a librettist’s tale. In fall 2016, he brought out a songs’ album, Malèna, offering original creations as well as reinterpreted great Neapolitan classics. In October 2018, Sony released his first duets album fully dedicated to Puccini, recorded with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, and Warner Classics a full recording of La Navarraise by Massenet. A brand-new solo album – a tribute to great tenor Caruso – is expected before year-end 2019.

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Alec

Baldwin

Alec

Baldwin

Directors Emeriti

Alec Baldwin is an American actor, film producer and comedian who has appeared on film, stage and television.

Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won three Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV’s 30 Rock. He has been a regular host and guest star on Saturday Night Live. (For his performance on SNL parodying Donald Trump, Baldwin received his third Emmy award in 2017)

Alec hosts MATCH GAME, the classic television game show, on ABC, a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

On stage, he has appeared in productions of LOOT (Theatre World Award), A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (Hartman), PRELUDE TO A KISS (Obie Award), MACBETH (NYSF), GROSS POINTS (Bay Street), ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Roundabout), ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE (Laura Pels), EQUUS (Guild Hall), ORPHANS, ALL MY SONS (Guild Hall).

His films include BEETLEJUICE, MIAMI BLUES, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, MALICE, THE EDGE, THE DEPARTED, THE AVIATOR, IT’S COMPLICATED, BLUE JASMINE, STILL ALICE, and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN and the upcoming MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, among many others. He voices the lead character in the DreamWorks animated film THE BOSS BABY.

Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1994 and has received honorary doctorates from NYU (2010) and Manhattan School of Music (2012). He is Co-Chairman of the Board of the Hamptons International Film Festival. He serves on the board of People for the American Way, the NYU Tisch Dean’s Council, the New York Philharmonic. He is also the radio announcer for the Philharmonic.

With his wife, Hilaria Thomas Baldwin, he maintains The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, supporting numerous causes, primarily in the arts.

He is the author of three books: A PROMISE TO OURSELVES (his critique of the California family law system), his memoir NEVERTHELESS and, along with Kurt Andersen, a Trump parody memoir entitled YOU CAN’T SPELL AMERICA WITHOUT ME.

Alec hosts an interview podcast, HERE’S THE THING, produced by WNYC Studios.

Baldwin has two daughters, Ireland Eliesse Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin and three sons, Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Leonardo Angel Charles Baldwin, and Romeo Alejandro David Baldwin.

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Emanne

Beasha

Emanne

Beasha

International Ambassadors

Emanne Beasha is an American singer born in 2008 who has been singing since she was two years old and has always loved performing on stage.

Her first major crowd of 10,000 was when she performed the National Anthem for a spring training baseball game in Port Charlotte, Florida when she was just seven years old. Soon after, she started learning opera songs from YouTube.

She won Arabs Got Talent in 2017 at only eight years old. Shortly after that, she was awarded the Golden Superiority Medal from His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan following her performance at the 2017 celebration of Jordan Independence Day. She also received the title “Champion for Children” from UNICEF in support of their efforts in various campaigns.

Since then, Emanne has performed at various local and international events including the Cirque Du Soleil annual fundraiser, “1 Night 1 Drop” in Las Vegas, alongside the famous American singer Jewel. She was also hosted as a guest star on the American TV show “Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey” in Los Angeles.

Emanne was also honoured to perform at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC at the awards ceremony for His Majesty King Abdullah II receiving the Templeton Prize.

In June 2019, Emanne made her debut on America’s Got Talent with “Nessun Dorma.” She went on to receive the Golden Buzzer from Jay Leno for her operatic version of “Caruso.” She continued to surprise with “Ebben Nandro Lontana,” then a crossover version of Bryan Adam’s “Everything I Do – Quello Che Faro” and her finale performance was the impressive “La Mamma Morta.”

Emanne was a top 10 finalist in America’s Got Talent season 14. During the Finale Results show, she was honoured to perform “Con Te Partiro” with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

In 2019, Emanne signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV.

When Emanne is not singing, she enjoys horseback riding, art, tennis, swimming, guitar, hip-hop and ballet. She really loves talking with people of all ages, travelling around the world and learning from new experiences.

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Malgosia

Bela

Malgosia

Bela

International Ambassadors

Malgosia Bela (Małgorzata Bela) born on 6 July 1977 in Kraków, Poland is a Polish fashion model and actress.

Bela became a successful runway and editorial model in the late nineties, appearing on the covers of many international editions of Vogue, including Vogue Italia and Vogue Paris.

Lanvin, Valentino, Jil Sander, and Versace enlisted her in their advertising campaigns. In 2001 Bela moved on to an acting career, playing leading role in the Polish movie Stranger (dir. Małgorzata Szumowska) and the Italian/Polish production Karol: A Man Who Became Pope about the Polish Pope John Paul II. She continues to undertake film projects in Poland. She returned to the fashion industry in 2006, appearing in advertising campaigns for the houses of Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Jil Sander, Donna Karan, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, and for retailers H&M and Barneys. She appeared in the Pirelli Calendar for 2009 and 2012. She is the face of many cosmetic products, like Chanel, Stella McCartney’s perfume, Max Factor makeup. At the age of 34, Malgosia keeps working for the most important magazines and brands. Before her career in the fashion and film industry, Malgosia played the piano for 12 years and got her diploma in 1998, she also studied literature and linguistics, in which she majored in 2006.

“Even though I took a different path in my professional life at some point, music has always been very important to me. Twelve years of intense musical studies and playing the piano played a crucial role in my upbringing, in shaping my character, helping me becoming the person I am today. Music filled my life for many years and i am grateful for that experience, it definitely was the time spent well, even if I did not end up being a concert pianist. Today I observe my seven year old son beginning to read the notes and I wish the learning experience could be more exciting, more fun for children, who have so many distractions nowadays. I will always support with all my heart, a project that helps to introduce and propagate classical music, I believe our children, OUR WORLD needs that.”

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Joshua

Bell

Joshua

Bell

International Ambassadors

JOSHUA BELL is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.”

Recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and orchestra leader, Bell’s 2014 summer highlights include performances with the Indianapolis and Detroit Symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Appearances at Aspen, Festival del Sole Napa, Ravinia, Verbier, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood and two concerts with the New York Philharmonic in New York’s Central and the Bronx’s Van Cortland Parks round out the summer. Bell kicks off the new season at the New York Philharmonic, Toronto, and National Symphony Orchestra galas. A U.S. and European recital tour with pianist Alessio Bax, a week with the New York Philharmonic and a European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are just some of this year’s highlights.

The year 2015 commences with European tours with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as a U.S. and Canadian recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood. Spring guest soloist performances with orchestras include The Munich Philharmonic and Ochestra Nacional d’Espana and three Czech chamber music concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall with cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label. In October, 2014 HBO will air the documentary special Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass to coincide with the eagerly anticipated release of his Bach album recorded with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

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Renée

Fleming

Renée

Fleming

International Ambassadors

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence.

At a White House ceremony in July of this year, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.

As a musical statesman, Renée Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. In January 2009, Ms. Fleming was featured in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama. In 2012, in an historic first, Ms. Fleming sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. Ms. Fleming has also performed for the United States Supreme Court and, in November 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s “Velvet Revolution” at the invitation of Václav Havel. An additional distinction was bestowed in 2008 when, breaking a precedent, Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

In 2012, Renée Fleming added a new role to her repertoire, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, at Baden-Baden in a new production by Philippe Arlaud, conducted by Christian Thielemann. She appeared in the title role of Arabella in a new production at the Paris Opera, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Her Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, under the baton of Constantin Trinks, was seen at the Munich Opernfestspiele. Renée began the 2012-13 season as Desdemona in Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, and broadcast around the world via the MET Opera Live in HD. 2013 will find her at Carnegie Hall and Lyric Opera of Chicago in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, playing Blanche DuBois, a role she created in the world premiere. In June of 2013, she returns to Vienna as the Countess in Strauss’s Cappriccio, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach .

Renée’s busy concert calendar this year has included galas at the San Diego Opera, Providence Performing Arts Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as appearances with the Seattle, Vancouver, Oregon, Colorado, San Antonio, Baltimore, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras and the Santiago Philharmonic. Renée began the 2012-13 season singing for the inaugural concerts of Christian Thielemann as principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden and Yannick Nézet-Séguin as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her 2012-13 recital schedule includes Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, Bogota, Guayaquil, Paris, Geneva, London, Vienna, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Taipei. A January 2013 duo recital tour with Renée’s friend, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, includes San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Desert, Chicago, New York and Boston.

A four-time Grammy winner, Ms. Fleming won the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy Award for Poèmes (Decca, 2012), a collection of 20th-Century French music, including works composed especially for her by Henri Dutilleux. In June 2010, Decca and Mercury records released the CD Dark Hope, which features Ms. Fleming covering songs by indie-rock and pop artists. Recent DVD releases include Handel’s Rodelinda, Massenet’s Thaïs and Rossini’s Armida, a three in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, and Verdi’s Traviata, filmed at London’s Royal Opera House. Ms. Fleming’s 2010 DVD Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg follows Ms. Fleming and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Russia, where they explore and perform in some of St. Petersburg’s most historic locations. In recent years, this fourteen-time Grammy nominated artist has recorded everything from Strauss’s complete Daphne to the jazz album Haunted Heart to the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She recorded Alexandre Desplat’s theme song, “Still Dream” for the soundtrack of the Dreamworks Animation feature, “Rise of the Guardians,” a major Thanksgiving 2012 release. Her recording honors range from the 2009 Echo Award for Strauss’s Four Last Songs to the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque Lyric for TDK’s DVD production of Capriccio. In February, 2012, Ms. Fleming received the Victoire d’Honneur, the highest award conveyed by the French Victoires de la Musique.

Renée Fleming’s artistry has been an inspiration to many other prominent artists, such as Chuck Close and Robert Wilson, whose portraits of her were included in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 fundraising auction. Two portraits of Ms. Fleming were also created by Francesco Clemente, who revealed one in Salzburg in spring 2007, with the Metropolitan Opera displaying the other in 2008. Photographic portraits include works by Brigitte Lacombe, Annie Leibovitz, and Irving Penn, among others.

Ms. Fleming is a champion of new music and has performed works by a wide range of contemporary composers, including recent compositions by Henri Dutilleux, Brad Mehldau, André Previn, and Wayne Shorter. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2011); Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008); theChevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government (2005); Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003); and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), the Eastman School of Music (2011) and The Juilliard School (2003), where she was also commencement speaker.

An advocate for literacy, Renée Fleming has been featured in promotional campaigns for the Association of American Publishers (Get Caught Reading), and the Magazine Publishers of America’s READ poster campaign for the American Library Association. She was honored by The New York Public Library as a “Library Lion.” Her book, The Inner Voice, was published by Viking Penguin in 2004, and released in paperback by Penguin the following year. An intimate account of her career and creative process, the book is also published in France by Fayard Editions, in the United Kingdom by Virgin Books, by Henschel Verlag in Germany, Shunjusha in Japan, and by Fantom Press in Russia.

In addition to her work on stage and in recordings, Renée Fleming has represented Rolex timepieces in print advertising since 2001. In 2008, she launched La Voce by Renée Fleming, a fragrance designed for her, with the proceeds benefiting the Metropolitan Opera. Master Chef Daniel Boulud created the dessert “La Diva Renée” (1999) in her honor, and she inspired the “Renée Fleming Iris” (2004), which has been replicated in porcelain by Boehm. Having been added to Mr. Blackwell’s best dressed list, her concert gowns have been designed by Reem Acra, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano for Dior, Douglas Hannant, Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta, Angel Sanchez and Vivienne Westwood. In addition to serving as the face of opera for two public transit campaigns in New York and London, Ms. Fleming has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…, The Viewand Prairie Home Companion as “Renata Flambé,” among numerous other media outlets.

Ms. Fleming is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie HallCorporation, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Advisory Board of the White Nights Foundation of America. In 2010, she was named the first ever Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is currently curating the creation of a world-premiere opera based on the best-seller Bel Canto for Lyric Opera’s 2015-2016 season.

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Patrick

Hamilton

Patrick

Hamilton

International Ambassadors

Decca Publishing’s Patrick Hamilton is a flag bearer for the next generation of producer, composer and arranger.

A leading figure in classical crossover music, his ambitions, which are shared with his publisher, include the verticals of artist production alongside film and TV score composition, which together bring his unique skill set to the adult contemporary classical space.

Although artistically diverse and creatively travelling in various lanes, Patrick’s DNA is rooted in the classical space. Classically trained at the Royal Conservatorium Bruges & Ghent in Belgium, he started his career as a session player with many leading Belgian artists, which led to more and more work as a producer-engineer.

At that time, his work was focused on Belgian and Dutch artists/television programmes (Pop Idol, The X-Factor) and musicals (Dance of the Vampires, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Oliver). It was the duality of these genres, the classical and the popular, which led to Patrick becoming a leading figure in adult contemporary classical crossover – a rapidly expanding genre sitting alongside core classical and straight pop.

As word of mouth spread, Hamilton became the go-to producer for a range of international artists – Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Fernando Varela, Mark Masri, Richard Clayderman, Trystan Llyr Griffiths, David Garrett, Bryn Terfel, to name a few. It was his ongoing collaborations with Decca Records that led to Patrick joining the newly created Decca Publishing unit, launched in 2017.

He has worked with the best-selling classical female artist, Katherine Jenkins, over a number of albums, including her 11th studio album, Guiding Light, which is released this November on Decca Records, where he took the helm for production duties alongside arranging and writing.

Patrick is also currently developing a number of film and TV score compositions alongside his ongoing production duties.

In addition to his successful producing career, Patrick runs his own The Globe Recording Studios (founded in 2002) as well as operating BROMO Music Publishing, the publishing department of The Globe music company. The studios have welcomed a wide range of artists including Katherine Jenkins, Johnny Logan, Matt Dunkley, Fernando Varela, Jessica Lynn, Cardfall, Mark Masri.

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Kienda

Hoji

Kienda

Hoji

International Ambassadors

Kienda Hoji is a law consultant and principal lecturer in media law and music business.

He has worked for many years in both the major and independent sectors of the music industry. He has also held two international lectureships in Helsinki Finland and St Petersburg Russia. In addition to this he is a visiting Professor at Peking University, Beijing China where he teaches global music industry management and undertakes music industry research with Peking University’s cultural studies institute. He has sat on various music industry committees such as the Performing rights society advisory forum, the British R&B Association and is a founding member of the Entertainment sport and media law committee of the African Caribbean and Asian Lawyers group. He assisted the UK Government in devising and implementing the New Deal for Musicians programme, having previously advised Kingston University’s Small Business Research Centre on the methodology for ‘Banking On a Hit’ (2001, DCMS).

Away from academic work Kienda continues to be active in the business as a Business consultant and Artist manager. Currently a member of the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and sits on the UK Music Diversity Task force.

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Ron

Howard

Ron

Howard

International Ambassadors

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors.

From the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films.

A Beautiful Mind earned Howard an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture, and went on to win Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America.

Other films include the Grammy award winning Best Music Film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rush, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Ransom, Backdraft, The Paper, Far and Away, and Cocoon, just to name a few. Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning films and television shows, such as the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Fox’s Emmy Award winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, a series which he also narrates, NBC’s Parenthood, and NatGeo’s award winning anthology series Genius.

Howard is currently in post-production on the film adaptation of the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, is in production on the documentary Rebuilding Paradise. His most recent film, the documentary Pavarotti, about famed tenor and larger than life talent Luciano Pavarotti, opened to rave reviews.

Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto. He began his career in film as an actor, first appearing in The Journey and The Music Man. He later stared as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show and as Richie Cunningham on popular series Happy Days, both Nielsen rated #1 series.

Whether it be from in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the 60’s.

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Reuben

James

Reuben

James

International Ambassadors

Fast-emerging British singer, songwriter and pianist Reuben James’ virtuoso jazz techniques and soulful, evocative voice have led him to be widely regarded as one of the most exciting and creatively assured artists to have emerged in recent years.

Although perhaps best known for his ongoing collaborations with Sam Smith, which have included co-writing songs for Smith’s 4 million-selling album The Thrill of It All, James has written for and performed with an array of international star acts including the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Tori Kelly, Little Mix, Disclosure and Liam Payne amongst many others.

Reuben’s Sophmore EP ‘Slow Down’ landed to critical acclaim in 2020, with lead singles ‘My Line’ and ‘So Cool’ achieving radio plays across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and Jazz FM. Reuben released his single ‘BBQ Energy’ in late 2020 followed by the star-studded ‘Tunnel Vision’ featuring Frida Touray, Daley with Tom Misch in early 2021.

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Tara

Joseph

Tara

Joseph

International Ambassadors

Tara Joseph formed JAM ARTISTS GROUP with the aim of creating a home for multi talented artists to grow and fulfill their full potentials with a hands on and personal approach to their management.

Originally from London but now living in Los Angeles, Tara started 25 years ago as a talent agent at The William Morris Agency (UK) representing some amazing artists such as Victoria Beckham, Charlie Hunnam and Elle Macpherson to name a few.

In the early 2000’s, Tara moved into music management where she managed Nicole and Natalie Appleton of All Saints. From there, she managed a number of recording artists, before meeting classical superstar, mezzo soprano, Katherine Jenkins, whom she represented for eight years.

Tara is excited to be representing the world renowned producer, Patrick Hamilton, who is signed to Decca Publishing (Universal Music Group) and 1631 Records, classical singing sensation, Emanne Beasha (11yrs), who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent 2019 and is signed to Sony/ATV Publishing. Tara also manages Australian born tenor and musical theatre sensation, Josh Piterman, and The Opera Men who are signed to Decca Records, UK.

In 2018, Tara diversified into television formatting and production and is currently in development with some groundbreaking TV formats with her business partner, Dani Behr, through their production company, Dantar Productions.

Tara also hosts a successful Podcast called For Love And Music which is available on all digital platforms.

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Miloš

Miloš

International Ambassadors

“Love at first listen”is how Miloš describes the moment when, as a child in Montenegro, he first picked up the old guitar that was lying around his childhood home gathering dust.

Fast forward a few years, Miloš signed his first record deal with the classical label Deutsche Grammophon and achieved major chart successes around the globe, turning him into “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) overnight. His 2014 recording of Rodrigo’s concertos had the Sunday Times calling him“The King of Aranjuez”, while “Blackbird–The Beatles Album” (2016) was received with unanimous acclaim. In front of 6000 people at the BBC Proms in 2018, Miloš performed the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s guitar concerto, ‘Ink Dark Moon’ written especially for him, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Committed to commissioning new repertoire for the guitar, Miloš joined the NAC Ottawa in May 2019 to perform the world premiere of ‘The Forest’ by Howard Shore. In September 2019, he will release his fifth album, ‘Sound of Silence’: a musical treasure trove that includes brand new arrangements of classical repertoire, affectionate nods to the pop world, and collaborations with friends.

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Kid

Moxie

Kid

Moxie

International Ambassadors

Elena Charbila has an established track record as a composer, producer and recording artist under her moniker “Kid Moxie.”

Elena’s music has been featured in multiple TV commercials including a national Victoria’s Secret ad campaign, several TV shows and numerous indie films. Award winning label Lakeshore Records just released her most recent soundtrack composition— for the upcoming dystopic feature “Unpleasant” (in which she also acts). The soundtrack encompasses a wide range of moods—from driving synth-based tracks to quieter minimal moments as well rich orchestration–that provides a multi-hued backdrop to the dark drama.

Apple Music picked the soundtrack as one of their top 10 soundtrack recommendations alongside award winning soundtracks such as The Joker and Little Women amongst others. She also wrote and performed 3 original tracks for the video game sensation Cyberpunk 2077 starring Keanu Reeves. The soundtrack is also out via Lakeshore Records and has been topping the iTunes soundtrack charts for weeks at #1.

Elena is currently working on the music score for the upcoming feature film of Greek director Vasilis Kekatos who won two Palm D’ Or awards at Cannes Festival 2019. Together, they had also joined forces for Greek VOGUE’s video campaign for Gucci Resort 2020 starring supermodel Winnie Harlow, while they most recently collaborated on the new KORRES perfume line where Elena scored all 5 mini movies that were produced for the cosmetics brand.

Kid Moxie completed her third album of original music, scheduled to come out in spring of 2020. The album title is “Better Than Electric” and it’s another ode to the cinematic pop genre she adores. Her last music video “Big In Japan” premiered on Under The Radar who said the track has a “dreamy, palpable neo-noir vibe” and her most recent album Perfect Shadow premiered as an album stream on Nylon who found it “refreshing to be treated to an album as conceptually whole from the sweeping, dreamlike intro to the eerily whistled finale.”

She also collaborated with renowned “Twin Peaks” composer Angelo Badalementi who said “she’s a great talent that brings her own voice and artistry which I appreciate very much.” Together they recorded a new version of “Mysteries of Love,” which premiered in Vogue. The short film that accompanied the song was produced by the David Lynch Foundation and premiered by Noisey, while David Lynch presented the project himself at his soiree “The Music Of David Lynch” at the Ace Hotel theatre in downtown L.A. Entertainment Weekly has called her a “cinematic popstar” while Stereogum and other top venues have featured most of her tracks. Entertainment Weekly characterised her critically acclaimed album 1888 as “John Carpenter-esque synthesizers as the foundation for icy pop songs with a hint of new wave,” while Vice described her sound as “eerie, celestial, odd and exquisite.”

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Josh

Piterman

Josh

Piterman

International Ambassadors

As The Phantom of the Opera heads in to its 34th year in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that Australian singer and performer Josh Piterman will play The Phantom from September 9th 2019.

This is a headline that award winning performer Josh Piterman had worked hard to achieve.

Growing up with a love of sport he played AFL and Tennis but instead his passion for entertaining and singing took him to The University of Ballarat Arts Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) in 2006. His musical theatre credits include playing Bustopher Jones in the 2016 season of Cats, a role that won him the Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor in A Musical; Edward in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers; Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray; Ramon Gutierrez in An Officer And A Gentleman; Michael in Grease 2 and The Caliph in Kismet for The Production Company. Josh played both “Giuseppe” in The Light in the Piazza at The Arts Centre and Jamie” in The Last Five Years for The Victorian Theatre Company in 2016

Josh commenced his career performing with the International group, The Ten Tenors and then made his mark as Tony in the 2010 tour of West Side Story. An early career highlight was when he understudied/played George in The Drowsy Chaperone for Melbourne Theatre Company alongside Geoffrey Rush.

In 2017/2018 Josh played the lead role of Gerry Goffin in the national tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. He released his debut album Josh Piterman, a collaboration with John Foreman of contemporary pop songs with a classical twist on Fanfare Records. The release opened at No1 in the Classical Contemporary section of both the ITunes and the ARIA charts.

Josh kicked off 2019 by appearing in the Australia Day Live Concert at The Sydney Opera House performing Nessun Dorma to great acclaim.

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Nina

Sofie

Nina

Sofie

International Ambassadors

Nina-Sofie is a 16 year-old multi-instrumentalist from Austria.

She was discovered by the LLIMF team during Lang Lang’s ‘Ode To Joy’ social campaign and her video entry was placed at the top of Lang Lang’s Google Arts & Culture ‘Ode To Joy’ YouTube Playlist. She started playing the violin when she was just 3 years old, and began learning piano when she was 5 years-old. In 2020, Nina-Sofie was the winner of the Prima la Musica Salzburg Award and has recently become part of the Keys Of Inspiration’s ‘Inspirational Young Artists’.

Nina-Sofie’s passion for music shines through in her performance every time, and her positive and uplifting spirit is infectious.

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Sting

Sting

International Ambassadors

Composer, singer, actor, author, and activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Since 1989, Sting has released fourteen solo albums and received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he received the Kennedy Center Honors in December. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.

The Last Ship, his latest release, is inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised. A play of the same name, with music and lyrics by Sting, debuted on Broadway in October and was heralded by the Associated Press as “thrilling with powerful performances, outstanding songs, and real heart.”

Sting has appeared in more than 15 films and authored two books, including The New York Times best-selling memoir, Broken Music. His support for human rights organizations mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, he founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.

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Suzanne

Vega

Suzanne

Vega

International Ambassadors

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation (Biography Magazine), Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village Clubs.

Since Suzanne’s critically acclaimed debut 25 years ago she has sold over 7 million albums and has been nominated for 7 Grammy awards. Her song “Luka” about child abuse was a surprise hit and won MTV’s Best Female Video. Suzanne was the first artist on the main stage at the very first Lilith Fair. Her voice and song ‘Tom’s Diner” was used in the refinement of the MP3, earning her the nickname “The Mother of the MP3”. Suzanne recorded “Tom’s Diner” a cappella but it has since been remixed upwards of 25 times (including most famously by DNA, but also Will Smith, REM, Tupac, Jars of Clay, Destiny’s Child, Lil Kim, and Ludacris).

Suzanne tours constantly and continues to play sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known concert halls.

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Trans Chorus Of Los Angeles

Trans Chorus Of Los Angeles

International Ambassadors

Since 2015, Trans Chorus of Los Angeles-TCLA has made an impact in the choral world by using our unique voices to be visible, bold and proud.

TCLA is the premiere all Trans-identified chorus in America. We are a Chorus of transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, gender fluid, and intersex individuals. We celebrate diversity and acceptance in appearance and vocal presentation so that others can see and feel the joy we share. Through our music we bring to everyone, awareness, understanding, power and victory for the Trans community.

Our vision is, through song and our voices, to embrace all members of the trans community and to bring awareness of the trans experience by developing understanding, caring and support in the community at large. We celebrate diversity and acceptance in appearance and vocal presentation so that others can see and feel the joy we share in our music.

“Music helps us share ourselves, our dignities and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song”

Michelle Obama at the 2019 Grammy Awards

“On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor their lives — and recommit to the work that remains to ensure that every transgender and gender-nonconforming person in America has the opportunity to live authentically, earn a living wage, and be treated with dignity and respect in their communities and workplaces.

Transgender rights are human rights. To transgender and gender-nonconforming people across America and around the world: from the moment I am sworn in as president of the United States, know that my administration will see you, listen to you, and fight for not only your safety but also the dignity and justice you have been denied.”

Joe Biden, President Elect, November 2020 Transgender day of Rememberance

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Wyclef

Wyclef

International Ambassadors

WYCLEF – Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee

The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. ​In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album ​The Score​ , which inspired notoriously prickly rock critic Robert Christgau to write: ​”so beautiful and funny, its courage could make you weep.” The album, created in Wyclef’s studio in his ​uncle’s basement ​in New Jersey, hit No. 1 on the ​Billboard​ chart, spawned a trio of smash singles (including their indelible reinvention of Roberta Flack’s 1973 ballad “Killing Me Softly”), and is now certified six times platinum. But Wyclef, a child prodigy with a wealth of musical influences from jazz to classic rock to reggae, resisted the pressure to duplicate the sound and style of that masterwork. Instead, he launched himself as a producer and solo artist whose work drew from an innovative and eclectic palette that included elements of ​pop, country, folk, disco, Latin, and electronic music.

“I just keep moving,” he says today. “If I didn’t keep moving after ​The Score​ , y’all wouldn’t have had the biggest pop song of all time.” Wyclef is referring to Shakira’s chart-topping single “Hips Don’t Lie,” which he co-wrote, produced and is featured on. That 2006 blockbuster climbed to No. 1 in 20 countries including the U.S. — a crowning achievement atop a nearly unprecedented run of hits that include Wyclef’s own “Gone Till November,” “Ghetto Superstar” (Pras feat. Wyclef Jean), Carlos Santana’s No. 1 single “Maria, Maria” (featuring Jean and Product G&B) and the late Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love.” “The only record that captures Whitney, her daughter [Bobbi Kristina], and Bobby Brown all on one song,” Wyclef says of it.

Wyclef has been rewarded for his creativity and adventurousness with three Grammy Awards, a spot on the cover ofRolling Stone​ ’s special “Top 50 Hip Hop Players,” and the opportunity to make music with such legends as Michael Jackson, Queen, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, and Tom Jones. As a solo artist, he has released six albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut ​The Carnivaland 2000’s aptly titled ​The Eclectic: 2 Sides II a Book​ , which even turned wrestling superstar/action hero The Rock into a pop star with the international hit single “It Doesn’t Matter.” Through it all, Wyclef kept an ear cocked for new talent. He helped launch Beyoncé ́ s career with Destiny’s Child’s early hit “No, No, No.”

While it’s been eight years since his last studio album, Wyclef has not abandoned his dedication to sonic excursions. His new album the ​Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee​ , features contributions from Emeli Sandé, Supah Mario, The Knocks and Lunch Money Lewis.

When an era-defining superstar takes time between albums for eight years, people often wonder if the artist has perhaps retired, but Wyclef has never stopped making music. “Every day when I wake up, I go into the studio and record,” he says. “There’s always a guitar and a piano nearby. I’m always writing, that’s my survival. I don’t go to a therapist. My therapy is when I pick up my guitar and sing.”

One of the many products of Wyclef’s unfaltering passion for his craft was his collaboration with Carlos Santana, “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way),” the official anthem of the 2014 World Cup. The track also featured Swedish superstar DJ and producer Avicii and Brazilian singer-songwriter Alexandre Pires. Just a few months after “Dar Um Jeito” was released, Wyclef teamed up with Avicii again to create “Divine Sorrow,” an electro-acoustic ballad that instantly blew up on YouTube when the lyric video was posted, racking up four million views.

In 2016, Wyclef was back yet again another hit, “Hendrix,” the first single off of his EP, ​J’Ouvert​ . “Hendrix” garnered over 20 million streams worldwide, and also received warm reception from numerous music critics, including Edwin Ortiz, news editor of Complex who said: “ ​Wyclef takes this inspiration and turns it into a heat rock of a performance. He also showcases a double-time flow that proves he hasn’t lost a step from a lyrical standpoint.”

Wyclef hasn’t only been making music for the new generation; his work has influenced the new generation, too. One does not have to look much further than the name of the first track on Young Thug’s latest mixtape, ​JEFFERY​ , “Wyclef Jean,” to realize the impact Wyclef has had on hip hop and its next generation of musicians (each song on

JEFFREY​ was named after one of Thugger’s idols). Wyclef and Young Thug also collaborated on the ninth track on the mixtape, “Kanye West.” The creative connection was so strong between Young Thug and Wyclef that the two musicians teamed up again to record the Caribbean-inspired “I Swear,” the third single off of ​J’Ouvert​ .

Each of these unique tracks and moments are significant reminders that Wyclef Jean can still astound and impact people with his music.

One couldn’t blame Wyclef for wanting to take time away from the spotlight given the whirlwind of press, good and bad, he received after announcing that he was going to run for president of Haiti in 2010, the summer after a massive earthquake killed over 200,000 people. “It felt like something I needed to do at the time,” he says. Wyclef flew home to help and saw the devastation firsthand. “Haiti was in dire need and I wasn’t going to go down in history as just another musician who did nothing and just hid behind the songs,” he says. Born in Croix-des-Bouquets before moving to New Jersey at age nine, Wyclef has always kept very close ties to the Haitian people and continues to provide aid and consultation. His love for his native country was reciprocated by many and questioned by others. “I stepped into the fire,” he says. “People took shots at me, of course. But it’s better to be right than popular. And history will always reveal the truth. You can’t live for the fakeness or you will just be erased from time.” However, the fury and the frenzy of the election left him depleted. “When I got back to New York I was out of my mind,” he says. “I had just had a really tense experience. I thought I could change policy and legislation there, but coming back to America — yo, it hit me. I was like, ‘Man, what am I gonna do?’ I was at the height of my musical career. Nobody could stop me. I was moving like a bullet as a producer.”

As big a comeback as “Divine Sorrow,” “Hendrix” and “I Swear” have proven to be, one should not count on ​Fall and Rise of a Refugee​ as being an entire album full of mid-tempo tracks. “Do I have anything for the clubs?” he asks. You’re talking to ​The Carnival​ Man! I’ve done the biggest dance records of all time! I plan to put them on the dancefloor more so than ever. I know people want that dance floor bounce from me — that hip hop thing.”

Which leaves only one question. How long can Wyclef keep it up now that he’s back at his old velocity? “The forties are the new 20’s of hip hop,” he says with a laugh. And while he hints that the Fugees crew are all on good terms, and he doesn’t rule out a future reunion with Lauryn Hill and Pras, right now, Wyclef is trying to reckon with his past and write a new chapter. “The music I’m making, it’s sounding like the ‘90s meets 2017,” he says. “It’s very authentic and all about the vocality, making people feel and reminisce off of that sound they love but combining it with new sonics.”

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