Board of Directors

Through the generosity of its donors and the expertise of its board, the Solti Foundation U.S. identifies, supports and promotes emerging young conductors as they launch their classical careers.

In doing so, the Foundation extends the legacy and influence of Sir Georg by ensuring that very promising American conductors, age 38 and under, get the opportunity to demonstrate their musicianship, leadership, and full potential to the broadest possible audience.

The Board of Directors of the Solti Foundation U.S. meets at least three times a year to direct the activities of the Foundation. It ratifies the work of the Artistic and Awards Committee in selecting each year’s Solti Fellow and the recipient of any Career Assistance Awards; oversees fundraising, in particular through the Foundation’s annual benefit dinner; and works to further the careers of its past awardees, often through partnerships with prominent arts organizations. Members include musicians, arts administrators, business and civic leaders, and educators, all of them dedicated to promoting excellence in music.

Valerie Solti, Honorary Chair
Penny Van Horn, Chair
Kay Mabie, Vice Chair
Nicholas Martin, Secretary
Gretchen Zook, Treasurer

John Aalbregste
Elizabeth Buccheri
Michelle Miller Burns
Mary Jane Drews
Mark George

Martha Gilmer
William R. Jentes
David McNeel
Zarin Mehta
Stephen Potter

Gabrielle Solti
Frank Villella
Peter Wiggins
Duain Wolfe
Owen Youngman

In Memoriam
Richard Gray,
Founding Director

Mitzi Freidheim,
Director Emeritus

Dietrich Gross,
Director Emeritus

Thomas B. McNeill,
Director Emeritus,
Past Chair

Artistic and Awards Committee

Elizabeth Buccheri, Chair

Pamela Bullock

Duain Wolfe


Fiona Queen, Administrator

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Evanston, IL 60201

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Laura Grant, Public relations