About

Grammy® Award-winner Jan Karlin is a musician, producer, educator and cultural entrepreneur. She is the founding executive director of the L.A. International New Music Festival, Summer Festival at The Huntington, and Southwest Chamber Music, an ensemble based in southern California. Ms. Karlin has been recognized by the James Irvine Foundation as one of the leading nonprofit executive directors in California. As a violist, she has performed on international stages in the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Asia, including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Hanoi Opera House, UNAM in Mexico City, and REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ms. Karlin produced the largest cultural exchange and music festival in history between the U.S. and Vietnam in 2010, supported by the U.S. Department of State. The exchange and festival were covered in the international press, including the Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall St. Journal Asia, Vietnam News, and CNN International. Ms. Karlin and her husband, conductor Jeff von der Schmidt, serve as the first American artistic advisors to Vietnam where they have helped found the Hanoi New Music Ensemble. She has also produced and performed on over thirty compact disc recordings, resulting in nine Grammy nominations and two Awards. Ms. Karlin produced three years of radio broadcasts throughout California that featured concerts and interviews with leading composers and international performers. She has lectured in the U.S. and abroad, and taught at Pomona College at Claremont University. Ms. Karlin received her B.A. from Tufts University and M.A. from Boston University. She and her husband enjoy travel, cooking, and visiting friends and family around the globe.