Artistic AdvisorsThe MEF Artistic Advisors are recognized high profile professionals in their arts fields. They are drawn from opera, instrumental, critics, authors, composers, conductors and movies.
John W. Freeman
Associate Editor of Opera News; author of Volumes 1 & 2, “Stories of the Great Operas”; music critic; composer.
Francesco Izzo Ph.D.
Head of music, professor of music, Southampton University; author; pianist; music historian; lecturer.
Chinese child prodigy; internationally acclaimed pianist and conductor; Director of Piano Department, Shanghai Conservatory; first award winner of MEF's Career Assistance Award as scholarship student at Curtis Institute of Music.
Chinese child prodigy; world famous violinist; Juilliard scholarship at 15-years-old; conductor, festival director; Professor of Music, Juilliard (New York City) and Rice University (Houston, TX).
George W. Loomis
LL.D, Ph.D.; virtuoso pianist; one of the most prestigious music critics on three continents. (As a lawyer he had practiced with one of the most prestigious NY firms, White and Case, until he left his law practice and returned to Yale for his Ph. D. in music.)
Anthony McGill Clarinet, First Chair - New York Philharmonic
Illustrious career as a principal clarinetist; first person to have an orchestra Chair named after him at the Metropolitan Opera. (As an award winner of MEF, he has remained a faithful supporter and advisor.)
Speech Director on major movies, excellent pianist and knowledgeable music lover. (His guidance for MEF in TV, recording and film media is invaluable to musicians and the professional staff.)
General Director of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow; President and Executive Director of the Van Cliburn for 23 years, overseeing six editions of the illustrious competition; served as artistic administrator to the San Francisco Opera and the MET.
Retired conductor of the Metropolitan Opera; renowned music authority and consultant to conductors, musicians, singers and musical organizations.
Internationally recognized authority on pianos and piano performing artists. Owner of prestigious Steinway concert instruments used in concert by Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and MEF concerts.