About Caroline Stoessinger

“Caroline Stoessinger has educated thousands and thousands through her writing and production of unique, inspiring programs.”
– Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

A native New Yorker of Czech descent, musician, author, and educator Caroline Stoessinger has brought people together through music, art and literature for such diverse organizations as The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, United Nations, UNICEF, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Young President’s Organization, Mutual of America, Chief Executives Forum, World President’s Organization, Forum 2000 and for the Governments of France, South Africa, Israel, and the Czech Republic.

Caroline is President and Director of The Mozart Academy, founded in 2000 and sponsored by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, which provides tuition free private instruction in violin, cello and piano for immigrant children and children of United Nations workers who would otherwise miss the opportunity.

Century of WisdomIn 2012, Random House published Stoessinger’s prize-winning book, A Century of Wisdom, about the world’s oldest Holocaust Survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, in the United States and simultaneously in England and Germany.

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Since then, A Century of Wisdom is being published in 24 countries in translation including China, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Brazil, and throughout Europe including Czechoslovakia, Alice’s homeland.

The book immediately generated recognition and honors. Acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman presented Stoessinger with the 2012 Norman Mailer Commendation for “Preserving the History of Our Time” and in 2013, the Interfaith Committee On Remembrance bestowed on Stoessinger its Lifetime Achievement Award not only for this book but also for her writings, speeches and work on films and music of the Holocaust.

An alumna of Barnard College, Caroline received her graduate degree from the Eastman School of Music.

Other Honors

  • Presidential Medal of Honor from Czechoslovakia President Václav Havel for service to his nation.
  • Honored by the New York Times for her distinguished programs
  • Bravo Award from the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra for artistic service to the community
  • The American Dreamer Award of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, for her work with immigrants presented by York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Other Leadership Roles

Stoessinger has also served as a Director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, considered the most important film event in Central and Eastern Europe for five years and was associate director of the Forbidden Films Festival for Joe Papp’s Public Theater. In June 2009, Stoessinger served as Artistic Director of the Shoah Legacy International Film Festival, focused on documentary films that share the personal experiences of survivors of the Holocaust, in Prague sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Czech Republic. She is also Director of New York City’s Legacy of Shoah Film Festival that has the same focus.

Since 2004, Caroline has served as a Program Director of the Wealth and Giving Forum, a collaborative of Rockefeller Philanthropies where she produced events featuring Bill Moyers, Vartan Gregorian, Fareed Zakaria and Jessye Norman. She has served as director of programs for the Alliance for Global Good. Currently, she is a consultant to the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

Stoessinger has also served as Artistic Director, pianist, and host of Long Island University’s Tilles Center’s sold-out chamber series since its inception in 1988, and is Artistic Director of the Newberry Opera House Chamber Music Series in South Carolina.

In 2003 she was appointed Founding Director of Great Music For A Great City (?), called “an invaluable series” by The New York Times, at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).

She is author of numerous articles published in the New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Denver Post and The Arkansas Gazette.

Caroline as Performer

The New York Times described pianist Stoessinger’s performance as, “inspired music making…the music often seemed to emanate from a luminous dream.”

The Denver Post called her, “a concert artist of major stature and exquisite sensitivity… and the evening itself one of “warmth, tenderness, and poetic eloquence.”

In New York City, Stoessinger has performed on the stages of:

  • Carnegie Hall
  • The 92nd Y
  • Lincoln Center, and
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stoessinger has performed as piano soloist with:

  • American Symphony Orchestra
  • The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Prague Symphony
  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and
  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Custom Composition for Caroline Stoessinger:

  • American composer Lukas Foss composed Elegy for Anne Frank for piano and orchestra for Stoessinger who premiered the work with the composer conducting.

Stoessinger has performed repeatedly over the past 25 years with:

  • The Tokyo Quartet
  • Shanghai, Mendelssohn, Vermeer, Brentano, Blair, Manhattan, Talich, Kocian, and Stamiz String Quartets
  • Recitals with Jamie Laredo, Frederica Von Stade and Simon Estes

Productions

Caroline Stoessinger has produced and written the scripts for numerous national and internationally televised films and public musical events on behalf of corporations, philanthropic organizations, universities, the City of New York and the governments of the United States, South Africa, Italy, Israel and the Czech Republic.

  • She brought together President Bill Clinton, President Vaclav Havel and Elie Wiesel for an evening of conversation (with the participation of Caroline Kennedy and Toni Morrison) at the City of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center.
  • Concert from Prague, the internationally televised production with music by the Czech Philharmonic and featuring narrators James Earl Jones, Gregory Peck, Lynn Redgrave and soloists Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky and Barbara Hendricks.
  • The Concert from Oslo for the Nobel Committee featuring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Frederica Von Stade, James Galway, and Simon Estes.
  • Playing for Life concert for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington with Jessye Norman
  • The UNICEF Tribute to Audrey Hepburn at the United Nations; The American Tribute to Vaclav Havel with Placido Domingo, Paul Newman, Paul Simon, Harry Belafonte, The New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta and Dizzy Gillespie.
  • Founder and Artistic Director of New York City’s annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and attended by a capacity audience of ten thousand. Past narrators include actor Jason Robards.
  • Other productions included the inauguration of New York Governor Elliot Spitzer and President Havel’s Forum 2000 Conference in Prague.
  • As Director of Legacy, Stoessinger has produced numerous musical events for corporations and governments, including programs for the World Economic Forum, events for JP Morgan Chase including programs for the International Monetary Fund Conference, tributes to Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kolek, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, James Baldwin, Alvin Ailey, Oscar Arias, F.W. de Klerke and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Hiroshima Remembrance, and the Gulf War Memorial with speakers and artists including Generals Colin Powell and Schwarzkopf, Cicely Tyson, Danny Glover and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Her upcoming productions include a New York Gala honoring President and Mrs. Nicolas Sarkozy of France, a concert honoring Elie Wiesel’s birthday at Boston University and a program for the Prix Galien, an international award that recognizes outstanding achievements in improving the human condition through the development of innovative therapies.
  • Producer and scriptwriter of a documentary film about Alice Herz-Sommer scheduled for release in 2014.

Other Works

  • Producer of first professional New York performance of the opera Brundibar.
  • Producer of first American staged performance of Mozart’s signature chamber opera, Il Sogno Di Scipione.
  • Authority on the life and compositions of Sir Georg Henschel, a gifted Jewish pianist, singer and composer from Breslau who was the first conductor of the Boston Symphony. Currently she is working on a biography of Henschel’s friendship with Brahms titled Henschel’s Diary.
  • Most recently, she wrote and produced Notes from the Heart, which starred Zoe Caldwell in its first performance. Ms. Stoessinger produced and scripted programs for the annual Congressional Club Galas in Washington, D.C.

Music Educator

Caroline Stoessinger is President and Director of The Mozart Academy sponsored by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation which provides tuition free private instruction in violin, cello and piano for immigrant children and children of United Nations workers who would otherwise miss the opportunity. She also is a past Director of the Henry Street School of Music, and Founder and General Director of the Henry Street Chamber Opera Company. She has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Colorado School of Mines and currently is a professor of music and Artist-In-Residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Stoessinger has spoken for the International Young President’s Organization on four continents during the past fifteen years consistently garnering top ratings. As a result, she has been invited to address the World Business Council, Chief Executives Forum
and numerous international corporations including IBM worldwide. She has spoken
at a number of American Jewish Community Centers and gave the keynote address
at the 2012 Atlanta Yom HaShoah Commemoration 2012 to wide acclaim.

Through her writings and public speaking, Caroline Stoessinger has achieved recognition as a major voice for the arts in America. Stoessinger is a member of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a board member of President Havel’s International Friends of Forum 2000, a past board member of the Global Leadership Foundation and of the Musician’s Club of New York.

About Caroline Stoessinger

“Caroline Stoessinger has educated thousands and thousands through her writing and production of unique, inspiring programs.
– Elie Wiesel

“Your ideas, music and thoughts offer added inspiration as the President work to ensure that every American’s future is filled with courage, hope and confidence.”
– Hillary Clinton

“My husband and I will never forget your program at the Folger Shakespeare Library and thank you for your inspiring work.”
– Justice Sandra Day O’Conner

“Thank you for the message of your inspired concert. I was deeply moved.”
– Nelson Mandela

“I thank Caroline Stoessinger for this great and moving program”.
– President Vaclav Havel

“You made the tears run down my face. Thank you for the beautiful Tribute.
And thank you for your understanding of my country and of our struggles.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Caroline Stoessinger is simply brilliant.”
– Henry Kissinger

“My heart is always with you. You inspire us all.”
– Leonard Bernstein

“Your program was magical, mystical, memorable and the most moving event I have ever attended.”
– Norman Cousins

Caroline Stoessinger has produced programs for the following organizations. Many of the programs were televised.

United Jewish Appeal
Anti-Defamation League
Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
The Abraham Fund
The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum – Washington, DC
The Westchester Holocaust Commission
The City of New York
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Government of Israel
Government of Czech Republic
Government of Italy
Government of South Africa
Government of Japan
Government of Greece
Mutual of America
The Interfaith Center of New York
Boston University
Prix Galien
Young President’s Organization
Chief Executives Forum
United Nations
UNICEF
Usdan Center for the Creative & Performing Arts, Long Island, New York
United States Congress Program Honoring First Lady Hillary Clinton
The Hiroshima Memorial
Memorial Service for astronomer Carl Sagan
Karlovy Vary Film Festival

 

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