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Dear Fellow Arts Leader, The performing arts field is sometimes contradictory. Our missions involve providing multifaceted experiences that create a shared human experience of exploration and inspiration. We seek to promote thriving creativity in our artists. We take pride in being members of a field that, at its best, is inclusive and encouraging to young arts leaders. That said, our industry can be insular, homogeneous, closed off to creativity, and inflexible. We bemoan the lack of young administrators seeking out leadership roles. We wonder why young audiences feel disconnected. We witness many artists failing to find their way and leaving the field entirely. Lately, we have become keenly aware of the lack of diversity within our institutions, both demographically and in terms of our thinking. Having worked with many organizations through their cultural shifts, we know how shameful it can feel to realize that one’s organizational culture is not optimal, or even toxic. We can all struggle to confront the reality that we don’t always embody the values we espouse. Nearly eight years ago, we created Cadenza Artists and our consulting company, iCadenza, with a bold vision of inhabiting an arts ecosphere that promotes adventurous collaboration, resulting in groundbreaking and impactful new work. We wanted to contribute positivity, an innovative spirit, and best practices from other industries to foster the growth and long-term sustainability of our beloved field. With many of our clients, we incorporate a methodology called Time To Think by Nancy Kline, which radically questions how the environment we create within our organizations impacts the thinking of everyone on the team, including ourselves. Kline argues that “the mind works best in the presence of reality. Reality is diverse. Homogeneity is a thinking inhibitor.” It’s no wonder that we are struggling to think outside of the boxes that we’ve built around our perspectives. And yet, we are ultimately responsible for infusing creativity into the hearts and minds of our communities through the arts. We firmly believe that there has never been a better time for the arts. The future holds immense opportunity for arts leaders from all corners of the field. The artists that we proudly represent remind us of this every day, inspiring us to steadfastly maintain this mindset, through our own vicissitudes. If we can reframe our approach, aim to empower one another, commit to collaboration, and show up with honesty and authenticity, we will all inhabit a more dynamic, joyous, and thriving field. With Enthusiasm, Julia Torgovitskaya Rapoport and Jennifer Rosenfeld Co-Founders CEO & President


• On January 14th, Cadenza Artists ushered in 2018 by hosting a special presentation and celebration Celebrating Ella at the legendary Apollo Theater. This blockbuster event, produced by seven-time GRAMMY AwardWinner and “Producer of the Year” Gregg Field, featured We’ McDonald, Niki Harris, Brianna Thomas, with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra and the All Star Quartet featuring Gregg Field, Brian Nova, Nathan East, and Shelly Berg. • DAS LIED, a stunning project that juxtaposes the innovative work of TEATROCINEMA in live cinema / movement, together with Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde, premiered at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in April 2018.


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Artist Spotlight: Interview with Jeffrey Schindler

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Cadenza Roster Conductors

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Special Projects, Dance & Pops

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Films with Orchestra ........ Pg 9 Composers

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Also Featuring

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• Composer Julia Adolphe was commissioned to write a piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their centennial season, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting. She also received the ASCAP Foundation 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award and was named Musical America’s Artist of the Month (December). • Conductor Jeffrey Schindler traveled the globe to conduct live concerts of Hollywood blockbuster films including the first three Harry Potter films (over 50 performances!), Amadeus, and others, with top orchestras such as Sydney Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. • Pianist Vanessa Perez is touring the world with the groundbreaking project Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds, with performances at the Napa Valley Festival, Royal Conservatory of Music’s Gala, and more. She also appeared as the pianist in the hit TV show MOZART IN THE JUNGLE.

• Pianist Lara Downes’ 2017 album ‘America Again’ debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard classical charts. Her newest album ‘For Lenny’ (Leonard Bernstein) was released in Feb 2018 on Sony Classical with rave reviews, and Yamaha Artist Services recently announced that Lara Downes joined the company’s impressive roster of artists. • The Menuhin Duo’s newest album ‘The Voice of Rebellion’ released in early June worldwide on the Genuin Classics label. The piano duo’s album features music composed by Jeremy Menuhin, a former student of Nadia Boulanger. The release includes chamber works by Brahms that Jeremy has transformed, as well as original repertoire.

• Conspirare’s Considering Matthew Shepard, in partnership with KLRU, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a television special (which will air on PBS in 2018).

• Germán López made his debut at the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and received an offer to record an album with seven-time GRAMMY winner, and Latin Grammy “Producer of the Year”, Gregg Field.

• Pianist Steven Lin was featured as the pianist in MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN, a show by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. • In fall 2017, conductor Grant Gershon conducted the debut performances of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST, John Adams’ new opera (directed by Peter Sellars), at San Francisco Opera. • Multi-media artist, Kaki King premiered her projection-mapping guitar performance ‘The Neck Is The Bridge To The Body’ and joined an artistled panel discussion on unlocking creative blocks at the Abelton Loop Festival in Germany in fall, 2017. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is an exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.

• Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins was highlighted in the NY Times as a New York Today “New Yorker of the Year”. • Soprano Hila Plitmann made a stellar debut in WAR of the WORLDS at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


orchestra staff, and embrace them as partners equally committed to the vitality, viability, and the current and future well-being of the organization. Outside of your professional accomplishments, you also have mentored many developing conductors. What is some advice that you give to emerging conductors? I have three pieces of advice. First, be the best you can be. Always strive for the highest personal standard artistically, musically, technically and intellectually. Second, be confident. If a conductor is on the podium then s/he should get on with the job at hand, secure in the knowledge that they belong there. Three, shut up. Knowledge is power, and the best way to accumulate it is to keep one’s eyes open and one’s mouth closed.

JEFFREY SCHINDLER Conductor Conductor Jeffrey Schindler enjoys a dynamic international career that takes him from concert podiums around the world to the scoring stages of Hollywood and London. Known as a versatile conductor, Mr. Schindler has conducted world-renowned orchestras across the globe including the London Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Nashville Symphony, amongst others.

You started out as a harpsichordist, specializing in early music. What are the biggest dissimilarities between that and film music? Some differences are fairly obvious. One is absolute music for active listening, and the other is in the service of a moving image! However, early musicians are rigorously trained in a sensitivity to style and I think this aspect of my training has been of particular value. In a genre frequently criticized for the sameness of its product, I am constantly working to discover and reveal the composers’ unique and individual voice.

Mr. Schindler is one of the only conductors leading concerts of live orchestra to film who has conducted A-list Hollywood motion pictures in the original studio recordings including X-men: Apocalypse, X-men: Days of Future Past, Jack the Giant Slayer, Astroboy, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Four Christmases, Bernard and Doris, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and the most successful documentary of all time: the AcademyAward winning March of the Penguins. Mr. Schindler’s award-winning artistry melds imaginative and illuminating performances with expressive and powerful technique, impeccable scholarship, and vibrant energy.

Tell me about your experiences with a movie’s scoring vs. conducting movies with orchestra? The fundamental difference is that the intent on the scoring stage is the “final document”: the recording! On the concert stage, particularly with live orchestra to film, it’s a show: there are no retakes and no pauses. Of course, in both cases, I endeavor to bring a “performance” to the recording or concert, so that there is drama, excitement and poetry to the music.

How do you approach working with a new orchestra for the first time?

You choose to work with Cadenza Artists for a reason, so what makes Cadenza such a unique partner for you?

With compressed rehearsal and performance schedules, it’s important to establish an effective and collegial working relationship as soon as possible. I usually select one of the more challenging sections of the music before us, and go right to work. Within a few minutes, the orchestra and I will have established a rapport: I will know in short order how efficaciously they will put things together (usually very quickly), and they will collectively perceive that I know the music. Moreover, I try to be as light-hearted and fun as possible; at this point in my career, I find that I prefer to make music with musicians, rather than adopting a “maestro” attitude.

Cadenza Artists’ philosophy is to help every artist realize not just the goals they wish to achieve, but to ascend to heights of success and fulfillment they could never imagine! I have found this to be revelatory and extraordinarily impactful.

Over the last year alone, Jeffrey Schindler has appeared with dozens of orchestras, including Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Charlotte Symphony, along with many others. Upcoming engagements include the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and Seattle Symphony. He has conducted film with live orchestra programs for a number of films, including the Harry Potter films, Amadeus, It’s A Wonderful Life, and March of the Penguins, and is looking forward to his first Star Wars performances coming soon. In summer 2018, he will be conducting his 100th performance of Harry Potter with live orchestra.

You’ve been recognized as a generous and kind collaborator. How do you balance your leadership roles? Thank you! Part of my personal mission statement is to be someone who solves problems, not someone who creates them. Leaders should encourage the best possible performance from the most qualified person they can find. And here’s the best part of that as a conductor: I already have the most qualified people right in front of me! In addition, I have found true friends among many members of







“Peter is eminently placed to present great music in a way that will open up to today’s new audiences.” - Lord Smith of Finsbury, former Culture Minister

As Guest Conductor of the Dallas Opera and Artistic Director for the Three Palaces Music Festival in Malta, Manning is considered one of Britain’s finest and most innovative conductors today.



“In the pit, Grant Gershon could do no wrong.” - Opera Today


Having led performances at SF Opera, LA Opera, LA Phil, LA Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Wolftrap, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Vienna, Ravinia, Aspen and Ojai Festivals and beyond, Gershon has received rapturous reviews for his performances of both new works as well as Verdi and Puccini. In the words of composer John Adams, “Grant Gershon is one of those rarities we call the complete musician. My respect for his musicality — for his conducting, his extraordinary musical intuition and his formidable ear — knows no bounds.”

“Conductor Jeff Schindler is nothing short of ideal.” - Josep Pascual, Spanish critic


“Illuminating performances. The Brahms sonatas are quite extraordinary… a revelation …” – STRINGS

Award-winning British cellist Jacob Shaw has established himself as a prominent soloist. Exploring the boundaries of what is musically possible, he collaborates with folk, indie, electronic and jazz musicians.



“He plays with the white-hot energy, steel-fingered power, and athletic virtuosity” - The Boston Globe

“A tonal mastery, a technical command, and a strength of personality.” - Fanfare Magazine

“...immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics” - NY Times

A prolific performer, Chen has toured the world, performing at preeminent venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Russian State Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, and Prague Symphony.

Recognized as the 2017 New Yorker of the Year and frequent collaborator with violinist Mark O’Connor and conductor Keith Lockhart, Hall-Tompkins has appeared with many of America’s most prestigious orchestras, as well as being the musical fiddler in Fiddler On the Roof, on Broadway.

Taiwanese American Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist with a growing list of awards including being awarded the Silver Medal at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in 2014.





“José Luis Dominguez in an indisputably exalted situation..” - Las Últimas Noticias



“The brilliant soprano Hila Plitmann manages every leap and switch of emotional gears with fearless commitment…” - Gramophone

“a young mezzo-soprano whose voice is darkly complex and mysteriously soulful” - LA Times



“[A] luminous, expressive voice” - NY Times

Greif’s mesmerizing voice has her gracing halls across the globe with recent appearances such as The Knights, Metropolis Ensemble, Gabriel Kahane, SHUFFLE Concert, and The Orlando Philharmonic.

A glittering jewel on the international music scene, GRAMMY award-winning Plitmann is known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and mastery of challenging new works.


Having performed around the world in recital, opera, and with orchestra, Rubin’s voice, spirit and story captivate audiences like no other. Born blind, Rubin has concertized with orchestras and opera companies worldwide to tremendous praise.



“Heroic baritone with a tenor top ... remarkable and a pleasure to hear.” - Lauri’s List

“Victoria Fox displayed a rich mezzo-soprano and great comedic flair.” - Pittsburgh in the Round



David Castillo is a performing artist and producer who delivers “impassioned” (Los Angeles Times), “beautifully sung and confidently acted” (Opera News) performances in the U.S. and Europe.

Victoria Fox is a communicator and connector who strives to breathe life and authenticity into every performance.


“a kind of wild intensity that was often breathtaking ...” - Washington Post

With conducting described as “unrivaled, magnificent and with exemplary gesturing”, Chilean conductor, Domínguez is a prominent talent on the international orchestral and operatic stages.





Jeffrey Schindler enjoys a dynamic international career that takes him from concert podiums around the world to the scoring stages of Hollywood, to the recording studios of London.


A frequent collaborator of violinist Daniel Hope, cellist Jan Vogler, and actor Bill Murray, and recently featured on the show Mozart In The Jungle, Perez is widely regarded for her bold, passionate displays of technical virtuosity and keen sensitivity.

LARA DOWNES Piano “luscious, moody and dreamy” - NY Times “Expect glamour with substance” - WQXR “At a historical moment when an abundance of ills makes despair a not unreasonable choice, her music-making symbolizes an unwavering belief that the world and its people have the capacity to make things better. Such an infectious and life-affirming stance makes resignation seem like a cowardly choice.” - Textura


“His musical virtuosity has placed him at the head of the pack” - Classical Guitar Magazine

Angel Romero’s eminence in the music world as soloist and conductor makes him one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation.

An iconoclastic pianist and laureate of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence award, Downes goes beyond labels to make music that is timeless and timely, starts conversations, and resonates with the world we live in.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: Julia Adolphe - A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears Julia Adolphe’s new comic opera entitled A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer with libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann is currently seeking co-commissioners. A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears is a wonderfully loopy fairytale about a young royal doomed to make everyone

around her laugh so hard that nothing gets done in her presence. The story is whimsical, enthralling, and inspiring - all characteristics Adolphe’s compositions are known for. A particularly exciting element about this work is that it is by a female composer, with a female librettist: Stephanie Fleischmann.

Two development partners - National Sawdust in New York City and Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles - have already come onboard to support the creation of the work through workshopping and other creative support. In addition, GRAMMY award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann has agreed to join the premiere cast.





KAKI KING Guitarist

“A genre unto herself” - Rolling Stone “I’ve never seen anything like it… a sumptuous feast for the senses” – Boston Globe.

Composer and guitarist Kaki King has performed with such icons as Foo Fighters and Timbaland. Her newest project is a provocative and beautiful piece that directly projects visual art onto her guitar.



BELLA GAIA Multidisciplinary / Multimedia “Out of this World” - USA Today

An unprecedented, immersive, audiovisual experience combining 3D NASA satellite imagery with live music and dance from around the world.

“powerfully impressive” and “fearless in [her] dramatic imagination.” - San Francisco Chronicle Known for her bold, nuanced, and innovative stage direction for such diverse companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, SF Symphony, LA Opera, LA Phil, NY Phil, and Canadian Opera Company Pulitzer is an esteemed director of opera and theater.

Small Ensemble “a cohesive artistic product and transformative concert experience.” -

Defined by limitless imagination, Fifth House Ensemble engages curiosity to create unexpected connections with collaborators and audiences, breathing life into established and emerging repertoire.


WILL MARTIN Entertainer & Vocalist

“And real beauties they were - with a glorious full and rich sound.” - Theater Jones

“A once in a generation talent ... he is head and shoulders above any other international artist around at present” - Dickon Stainer, Universal Music’s Global Classics

Duo Petrof, comprised of two Mexican pianists of Russian descent, Anatoly Zatin and Vlada Vassilieva, has set new standards in fourhand performance with contagious dynamism and musical virtuosity.

Internationally acclaimed vocalist and entertainer Will Martin - the youngest man in history to top the UK Classical Charts - has grabbed the attention of audiences around the world with his electrifying stage presence, and expressive yet versatile voice.

TEATROCINEMA “... an extraordinary merger of cinematic and theatrical art - Los Angeles Times


Global Music “delicately rippling notes ... entrancing” – Huffington Post

Chile’s visionary TEATROCINEMA offers audiences unforgettable theatrical experiences of live cinematheater, with works exploring the historical, cultural, and social landscapes of shared humanity.

A star of the timple, Germán’s music brings together Spanish flamenco, West African rhythmic structures, and a modern approach to island music.


ELLIOTT FORREST Director / Multimedia Designer

I let the music and visuals waft over me and got completely lost in the beauty.” - Long Beach Symphony Patron

Elliott Forrest custom tailors the concert experience, from high-concept projects to pops concerts, through the design and imaginative use of integrative multimedia.

DEPUE BROTHERS BAND Bluegrass Americana

MENUHIN DUO “Powerfully communicated.. a vivid double-act at the piano.” - Classical SourcePatron

“This band of brothers gives real meaning to the phrase ‘progressive bluegrass,’ bending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical chops, blazing bluegrass, and rock and roll.” – Hal Real, Founder of World Cafe Live

The Menuhin Duo, comprised of pianists Jeremy and Mookie Menuhin, passionately shares their profound joy of performing contemporary music through beautiful and comprehensive performances.

Founders of the term “grassical music,” these classically trained siblings encompass a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock genres and have been recognized with numerous awards.



Song Cycle


“Morganelli’s music is a delight.” - OC Register Patron

“Siudy Garrido & Company Shine at [the] L.A. Philharmonic” - Billboard Magazine

Commissioned for the opening of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in NYC, Songs of Late Summer explores a nation’s emotions through the lens of a survivor of the September 11th attacks.

Garrido’s repertoire consists of multimodal performances reflecting the essence of traditional flamenco art in contemporary settings.

CELEBRATING ELLA: Live from the Apollo

Ukelele “One of the undisputed masters of the instrument” - Ukulele Magazine

Six-time GRAMMY Award winning producer and singer/ songwriter Daniel Ho has a simple philosophy of presenting music with sincerity and artistry.


The Official Celebration of The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald

Sand Story Artist “They call music a universal language. She speaks the universal language of sand animation.” - GB Times

Star-Studded Production A blockbuster celebration of the life and legacy of the Apollo Legend and Queen of Jazz. This “spectacular show” (Downbeat Magazine) was produced by eight-time GRAMMY winning producer Gregg Field, and features an all star cast: Patti Austin, Andra Day, David Alan Grier, Monica Mancini, Cassandra Wilson, We’ McDonald (discovered on THE VOICE), Niki Harris, and Brianna Thomas.

Simonova’s combination of artistically-crafted storytelling, live sand art, and musical performance has been showcased all over the world.










“A delightful, wholesome experience for the family.” - Washington Post

“Magical…the sheer breadth of the imagery … is unlike anything you’ve seen before.” – Los Angeles Times

Multidisciplinary / Multimedia

Live Orchestra & Movie Screening

Matreyek’s critically-acclaimed solo work integrates multiple layers of animation, performance, and video installations.


Live Orchestra & Movie Screening


“the entire color-spectrum of global percussion instruments intelligently and with great competency.” – Neue Musikzeitung

Michael Shapiro’s Frankenstein for orchestra features an American cult classic set to gripping original music (also available for opera with vocal parts and reduced instrumentation).

Live Orchestra & Movie Screening “The score was rich in harmony, clever in melodic line, and especially brilliant in orchestration.” - Classical Voice of North Carolina

The GRAMMY-nominated LAPQ has forged a distinct identity as a world-class contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works for percussion quartet.

THE MATRIX, LIVE “All encompassing and truly great.” - Front Row Reviews

Global Music



Led by artistic director and composer Craig Hella Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases a musical response to the tragic death that sparked a revolution in our understanding of hate crime legislation.




“alive with invention” - The New Yorker “colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated” - The New York Times

“Juan Colomer’s music is challenging and engaging. I’m always excited to program his music!” - Jörgen Van Rijen, Principal Trombone Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Currently writing her second opera, award-winning composer Adolphe has been in demand by renowned orchestras and ensembles, including New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Composer Juan Colomer is a dynamic and versatile artist amassing performances throughout the world with ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Symphony and Orquestre de Paris.

Accordion-wielding Pascuala Ilabaca’s music is rooted in traditional sounds, informed by a colorful childhood moving from Barcelona to Chile, Mexico to India, and back again.

“Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition.” - Washington Post

Jeffrey Nytch enjoys a diverse career as a composer, educator, author, and advocate. His compositions include a wide range of works that have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.


Award-winning Estonian Voices are an a cappella vocal sextet whose clever style fuses playfulness with absolute technical mastery, bound together with a cheeky smile and a charming sprinkle of vocal artistry.

“Ilabaca and Fauna’s music is varied and meaningful” – Slate the Disco

A blockbuster hit and cult favorite, The Matrix is widely regarded as the greatest science fiction movie of all time.

“Nytch’s work was both impressive and satisfying ... creating hope for the future of classical music.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Global Music “One of the most unique sounding vocal ensembles from Europe.” - Britt Quentin, M-Pact


Live Orchestra & Movie Screening

The operatic score by composer Patrick Morganelli provides the perfect accompaniment to the 1961 cult classic film Hercules in the Haunted World, which has found success from LA Opera to Nashville Opera to Arizona Opera, and beyond.


Small Ensemble

“The audience was riveted to their seats. The power of the live music with the classic film was hypnotic.” - Rob Tomaro, Cashbox Canada Magazine.





PARTCH Small Ensemble

Countertenor ‘... performances of great vitality and verve” - LA Times

“weird and wonderful sonorities, truly unlike anything else on Earth or any neighboring celestial body...” – LA Weekly

A truly rare, international artist, Terry has been a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and more.

A unique, GRAMMY-winning ensemble specializing in the music and instruments of the the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch.







Oscar-winner for Best Documentary in 2005 and the second-highestgrossing documentary of all time, this beloved documentary with beautiful, sweeping music offers a family-friendly experience.

MEET THE CADENZA ARTISTS TEAM Julia Torgovitskaya Rapoport CEO & Principal Manager

Jennifer Rosenfeld President

Maryl Fleisher Director of Operations

Ben Cohen Director of National Booking and Tour Development

Cindy Hwang Booking Consultant, Asia and Middle East

Lisa Husseini Artist Manager & Consultant, iCadenza

Linna Carter Artist Services Manager

Amy Trieger Community Manager, iCadenza and Cadenza Artists

Sarah Horne

Bianca Saltaformaggio

Project Manager

Artist Services and Booking Coordinator

Kassandra Kocoshis

Megan Bailey

Artists Services Coordinator

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Cadenza Magazine 2018  
Cadenza Magazine 2018