December 7, 2022
Juilliard Welcomes New Trustees Jon Batiste and Anne Akiko Meyers,
Along With Newly Elected Vice-Chairs Julie Choi and Laura Linney
As Juilliard Alumni and Luminaries in Their Fields,
Batiste, Meyers, Choi, and Linney Bring Creativity and Leadership to Their New Roles
NEW YORK ––The trustees of The Juilliard School have welcomed two alumni as new members, 2022 Grammy Album of the Year winner Jon Batiste (BM ’08, MM ’11, jazz studies) and acclaimed violinist, recording artist, and champion of living composers Anne Akiko Meyers (Pre-College ’87; Certificate ’90, violin). In addition, the trustees elected two alumni as new vice chairs, innovative entrepreneur Julie Choi (BM ’85, MM ’86, piano) and celebrated film, television, and stage actress Laura Linney (Group 19, drama; honorary doctorate ’09), both current board members. These appointments follow the election of Vincent Mai to the position of chair earlier this year.
“It is so inspiring to see these extraordinary Juilliard graduates take on new responsibilities at the school,” said President Damian Woetzel. “These four alums have each achieved exceptionally in their respective fields and are deeply committed to Juilliard and the students of today. Entrepreneur Julie Choi and actor Laura Linney have served with devotion on the board for 22 and 13 years respectively, and they along with their fellow trustees are thrilled to have joining them extraordinary alumni musicians Jon Batiste and Anne Akiko Meyers who are both luminous artists and powerful role models. We are all looking forward to deepening our work with them in furthering the mission of the school.”
There are now six Juilliard graduates serving as trustees. The other two are distinguished alumni Rondi Charleston (Group 9, drama; BM ’82, MM ’83, voice/opera) and Camille Zamora (MM ’02, voice, Artist Diploma ’04, opera studies).
About Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste is one of history’s most brilliant, prolific, and accomplished musicians. Batiste received bachelor and master of music degrees from the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York City. In 2018, he received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance and in 2020, he received two Grammy nods for the albums: Chronology of A Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard and Meditations (with Cory Wong).
In 2020, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the Disney/Pixar film Soul, an honor he shared with fellow composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Batiste’s work on Soul also earned him a Golden Globe, BAFTA, NAACP Image Award and a Critic’s Choice Award. He is the second Black composer in history, after legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock, to win an Academy Award for composition. Batiste’s latest studio album, We Are, was released in March 2021 to overwhelming critical acclaim. Subsequently, he was nominated for 11 Grammys across seven different categories, a first in Grammy history. He went on to win five of those Grammys including Album of the Year.
Batiste's virtuoso composing skills were recently showcased in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work American Symphony, which was workshopped with the Juilliard Orchestra in 2019 and premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2022.
Batiste was appointed an inaugural Juilliard Creative Associate in 2018, and has participated in numerous projects in collaboration with students and faculty. He became a member of the Juilliard board in 2022.
About Julie Choi
Julie Choi is an award-winning CEO, founder, and board director, with three decades of experience as a strategic advisor to best-in-class CEOs, Choi has received global recognition for management and innovation in business and professional services. She has deep expertise on talent, the most valuable asset, impacting growth, culture, and financial performance as well as on strategy, governance, succession, and compensation. She is dedicated to building effective relationships and providing crucial support to stakeholders, executive teams, and boards of directors.
Choi founded CBK Partners, the leading advisory firm at the intersection of talent, performance, and culture. The firm was the number one recruiter on Wall Street for the last 10 years, harnessing data and relationships to build the highest performing companies. Partnering with CEOs to build the most prestigious companies by every metric—market share, growth, reputation, DEI, talent, and brand—Choi has catalyzed companies to achieve monumental growth and affect shareholder value.
Choi founded Pointr, a software-service platform to foster belonging and trust in the workplace by delivering relationship critical information in the moment of need. Pointr won Gold for best mobile and web app by the American Business Awards in 2019.
Choi also served as U.S. chair of Nurole, a mid-stage U.K. technology scale-up, diversifying corporate boards and executive teams. She led the cultivation of 500+ female executives currently on boards as well as first-timers to the Nurole platform to improve access to a seemingly hidden supply of board-ready women.
Choi supports and is involved with numerous philanthropic and student organizations through pro-bono work, investment, and access in New York, Jackson Hole, and her hometown, Los Angeles. She is a passionate mentor of next generation talent, particularly those who are underrepresented, and a keynote speaker on building cultures that create the best workplaces. Choi joined The Juilliard School board in 2000 and was elected vice chair in 2022.
About Laura Linney
Laura Linney is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed American actress who works in film, television and theatre.
Linney most recently starred in all four seasons of Ozark, a Netflix original series where she played Wendy Byrde and served as a co-producer as well as a director during its final season.
Linney’s numerous film credits include The Dinner, Nocturnal Animals, Sully, Genius, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, You Can Count on Me, Kinsey, The Savages, The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Squid and the Whale, Mystic River, Absolute Power, The Truman Show, Primal Fear, The Mothman Prophecies, Love Actually, P.S., The House of Mirth, The Details, and Congo. Upcoming projects include The Miracle Club with Maggie Smith, Suncoast, and Wildcat directed by Ethan Hawke.
Linney starred in and served as an executive producer for the Showtime series The Big C for four seasons and won multiple awards for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries John Adams, directed by Tom Hooper. Early in her career, she starred as Mary Ann Singleton in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series and also appeared in the Netflix reboot of the series. She appeared as Kelsey Grammer’s final girlfriend in Fraiser, was directed by Stanley Donen in Love Letters, and starred opposite Joanne Woodward in Blind Spot. She recently provided Woodward’s voice for Ethan Hawke’s documentary The Last Movie Stars.
In 2018, Linney made her London theater debut at the Bridge in Richard Eyre’s limited three-week run of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the one-woman stage play adapted from the Elizabeth Strout novel of the same name, which had an additional London run in 2019 and transferred the next year to Broadway, where it was the last production to complete its full run before the pandemic closed Broadway.
She has also appeared in many Broadway productions, most notably The Little Foxes, Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen, all directed by Daniel Sullivan. Additional credits include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Richard Eyre opposite Liam Neeson, Six Degrees of Separation, Honour, Uncle Vanya, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Holiday, and The Seagull.
Linney has been nominated for the following awards: Academy (three times), Tony (five times), SAG (nine times and won once), BAFTA (once), and Golden Globe (seven and won twice). She has also won four Emmys and a National Board of Review Award. She holds honorary doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and Juilliard. Linney received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in July 2022.
In addition to her work as a trustee and newly elected vice chair of the board, Linney is a frequent presence at the school, speaking to acting students and other groups. She recently mentored students and advised on the Drama Division’s new film initiative involving fourth year actors and alumni playwrights.
About Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers regularly performs around the world as soloist with leading orchestras and in recital. She is also a prolific recording artist with more than 40 recordings. A muse and champion of living composers, she recently premiered and performed Fandango by Arturo Márquez with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City; she also performed Michael Daugherty’s Blue Electra at the Kennedy Center with Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra to massive critical and audience acclaim.
Meyers’ 2022-23 season includes appearances with the Los Angeles, National, Albany, Detroit, Nashville, Princeton, San Diego, San Jose, Tucson, and Wichita symphony orchestras. She released her latest recording, Mysterium, of newly imagined violin/choral music by J.S. Bach and Morten Lauridsen, with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, in addition to Shining Night, her 40th recording, with world premieres and new arrangements with pianist Fabio Bidini and guitarist Jason Vieaux, on Avie Records.
Meyers has premiered new music with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Helsinki, Hyogo, Leipzig, London, Lyon, and New Zealand, among others. She has worked closely with Arvo Pärt (Estonian Lullaby), Einojuhani Rautavaara (Fantasia, his final complete work), John Corigliano (cadenzas for the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Lullaby for Natalie), Arturo Márquez (Fandango), Michael Daugherty (Blue Electra), Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg (violin concertos), Jakub Ciupiński, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Morten Lauridsen, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Gene Pritsker, Somei Satoh, and Joseph Schwantner.
Meyers’ television appearances include The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Evening at Pops with John Williams, CBS Sunday Morning, Great Performances, and Countdown With Keith Olbermann. Her recording of Somei Satoh’s Birds in Warped Time II was used by architect Michael Arad for his award-winning design submission that is now the World Trade Center Memorial.
Meyers grew up in Southern California, and she and her mother traveled eight hours roundtrip from the Mojave Desert to Pasadena for lessons with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She continued her studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University and, at the invitation of Dorothy DeLay, moved to New York at age 14 to study with DeLay, Felix Galimir, and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard. Among her awards are an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Colburn. She became a member of the Juilliard board in 2022.
Meyers performs on the Ex-Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesù, dated 1741, considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence.
About The Juilliard School
Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors, composers, choreographers, and playwrights from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Led by President Damian Woetzel since 2018, Juilliard is guided in all its work by the core values of excellence; creativity; and equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB).
Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 43 states and 44 countries and regions are enrolled in Juilliard’s College Division, where they appear in more than 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as at other venues around New York City, the country, and the world. The continuum of learning at Juilliard also includes nearly 400 students from elementary through high school enrolled in the Preparatory Division, including its Music Advancement Program (MAP), which serves students from diverse backgrounds often underrepresented in the classical music field. More than 800 students are enrolled in Juilliard Extension, the flagship continuing education program taught both in person and remotely by a dedicated faculty of performers, creators, and scholars. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through a global K-12 educational curricula and graduate studies at The Tianjin Juilliard School in China.
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