Music: Heart, Soul and Dollar with Peter Gelb speaking at the 2007 Chautauqua Institution Summer Program.
Music hath charms to soothe the beast - or unleash it. Music is integral to identity in culture and society, from our most primitive expressions to the iPod. We will explore cross-cultural music trends and examine how music affects learning and creativity, contributes to economy, and connects performer and audience- Chautauqua Institution
Peter Gelb serves as general manager of New York's Metropolitan Opera, overseeing both the artistic and the administrative aspects of one of the largest performing arts institutions in the world.
Mr. Gelb has extensive and varied experience in the field of classical music. An award-winning producer of films, recordings, radio broadcasts, telecasts, concert events, operas, and festivals, he has collaborated with the world's leading artists, including Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Wynton Marsalis, Anthony Minghella, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, and Julie Taymor.
Since 1995 until joining the Met, Mr. Gelb was president of Sony Classical, one of the world's largest classical record labels, and led the company through a period of notable growth and creativity, expanding the focus of recording projects to include best-selling film scores, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun, and The Red Violin by John Corigliano among others.
As president of CAMI Video, a division of Columbia Artists Management that Mr. Gelb founded in 1982, he served as executive producer of the Met's television series, "The Metropolitan Opera Presents" for six years. While at CAMI, he also produced and directed more than 50 programs featuring such artists as Herbert von Karajan, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Mr. Gelb's television productions earned 13 Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also won two Emmy Awards for films on Rostropovich and Vladimir Horowitz, a Peabody Award for his television series Marsalis on Music (1995), and a Grammy Award for "Recording The Producers," a film about the making of the hit Broadway show's cast album.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gelb managed the Boston Symphony Orchestra's historic 1979 tour to China. He revived Vladimir Horowitz's concert career in 1980 and producing the famed pianist's historic return to Russia in 1986. He also produced Tan Dun's premiere, Symphony 1997, featuring Yo-Yo Ma, which Mr. Gelb commissioned in partnership with the Chinese government to be performed at the handover of Hong Kong to China.