Biography: Jeremy Geffen
Jeremy Geffen is Director of Artistic Planning for Carnegie Hall. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Jeremy was raised in California and studied viola at the University of Southern California. Prior to his role at Carnegie Hall, Jeremy served in the chief artistic planning roles for the New York Philharmonic and St. Louis Symphony, as well as at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
At Carnegie Hall, Jeremy works with Carnegie Hall’s planning team to develop compelling concerts, thematic and festival programming, and the overall artistic arch of each season. Jeremy is closely involved many aspects of The Academy/Ensemble ACJW including programming and professional development. He has been involved in substantial commissioning projects which have resulted in three Pulitzer Prize-winning and several Grammy Award-winning new works, chief among them John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls. In addition, Jeremy’s work with conductor David Robertson brought the Saint Louis Symphony accolades for adventurous programming, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming for the 2005-06 season from the American Symphony Orchestra League.
Each season Jeremy leads numerous audience-development activities each season including delivering preconcert lectures and moderating public discussions, hosting and moderating Discovery Days, and hosting Carnegie Hall’s Making Music concerts – a unique series which explores through performance and interview the works and artistic philosophy of a single contemporary composer. In addition, he has hosted informal chamber music concerts, taught college courses, and hosted a weekly classical music radio show on Aspen Public Radio. In February and March 2000, Jeremy became the Aspen Institute’s youngest ever moderator, creating and leading the seminar,
The Marriage of Music and Ideas.