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 twice per 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

William R. Jentes

Elizabeth Buccheri

R. John Aalbregtse

Peter Wiggins

Penny Van Horn, Chair

Michelle Miller Burns

Mary Jane Drews

Mark George

Martha Gilmer

Kay Mabie, Vice Chair

Nicholas Martin

David McNeel

Zarin Mehta

Stephen Potter

Gretchen Zook, Treasurer

Jana Haines

Gabrielle Solti

Duain Wolfe

Owen Youngman

Dietrich Gross,
Director Emeritus

In Memoriam
Richard Gray,
Founding Director

Thomas B. McNeill,
Director Emeritus,
Past Chair

Artistic and Awards Committee

Elizabeth Buccheri, Chair

Duain Wolfe

Pamela Bullock



Fiona Queen, Administrator

Laura Grant, Public relations

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Evanston, IL 60201

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