Dedicated to the artistic career advancement of exceptionally gifted young professional musicians and to the promotion of peace and understanding through music.

iPalpiti Leadership

Honorary Presidents

Ida Haendel, CBE †
Eduard Schmieder
Lord Yehudi Menuhin 
Founding Member, In Memoriam

Lord Yehudi Menuhin Quote


Laura Schmieder

Board of Directors

Mikhail Gershfeld, Chairman
Jim Gilliam
Ada Sands, Vice Chair
Mary Levin Cutler, Founding Chairman
Stefan Ashkenazy
Lauren Dani
Theodore Bikel†

Advisory Board

Thomas Backer, Ph.D
Ariane David, Ph.D.
Dr. Jim Eninger
Monte M. Lemann II, Esq.
Wanda Presburger, Community Liaison
Harold Schloss, The Schloss Group of Merrill Lynch, Financial Advisors
Jonathan Steinberg, Chairman Emeritus
Anna Volkoff, CPA
Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky



“Young Artists International is an organization that consists of active and practicing musicians following the dictates of their conscience; i.e., their responsibility to the younger generations. I endorse it with all my heart.”

– Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Founding member

“Young Artists International is a concept of great importance to the musical scene. I therefore applaud and support this project with great enthusiasm and hope that all those who have genuine interest in music will give their support and encouragement to this exciting event.”

– Ida Haendel, CBE

“Music is a chain reaction that reaches down through the generations. Musicians are its links. It is wonderful to know that young musicians have a hand held out to them that they, in their turn, will reach out. Bravo, iPalpiti Artists International!”

– Lynn Harrell

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