Music Beyond, Inc. was founded by Kaori Fujii and Nana Aomori in August 2014.

 

Board of Directors

KAORI FUJII  |  Founder and President

International flutist / Educator

Born in Tokyo and currently residing in New York, Kaori Fujii is one of the leading imaginative and creative flutists ever to come out of the classical Music world. She has performed, toured, and recorded with renowned artists and orchestras worldwide. Kaori has performed in concert halls such as John F. Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Teresa Carreno Theater, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Suntory Hall. She has released eight albums, one of which was pre-nominated for the Grammy Awards. She still holds the record for being the youngest prize-winner for the three biggest music competitions in Japan, which she won consecutively from 1996 to 1998. As an educator, Kaori has presented clinics and masterclasses for flutists around the world. A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, and of the Solistenklasse of the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Kaori has studied extensively with Jean‐Claude Gerard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aurele Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami. Kaori's strong classical training and professional experiences provide the right skill sets to develop and serve a community of passionate musicians around the world, such as the existing musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

MADELEINE DAVIDSON  |  Vice President and Treasurer

Managing Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Madeleine Allaire Davidson holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and an M.P.A in nonprofit management from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Madeleine has completed extensive training in the Suzuki Method, and is currently on the Suzuki guitar faculty at The Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Currently the Managing Director, Madeleine has held multiple roles in her time at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, including Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager, and Suzuki Theory Coordinator.

JUSTINE STEPHENS  |  Secretary

Special Events Coordinator, The Metropolitan Opera

Known for her dedication to bringing music, culture, and arts to all communities, Justine is a New York City professional enamored with the art of presentation of music and events. Currently the Special Events Coordinator at The Metropolitan Opera, she previously worked in Special Events at Carnegie Hall and also interned at American Ballet Theatre and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. As a flutist, Justine is actively commissioned to perform new works and has appeared at the International Black Women’s Film Festival in San Francisco and Zanzibar International Film Festival (both for 2013 short film Kuvuka Daraja), and the National Flute Association Convention. Justine holds a B.M. in Music Performance from Ithaca College and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

JULIEN BEAUDIMENT

The principal flutist, Lyon National Opera

Renowned flautist Julien Beaudiment brilliantly represents the French flute school. Born in 1978, he crossed the Channel when he was 18 years old to study at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Paul Edmund-Davies and Averill Williams. He stayed there two years, before finishing his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris with Sophie Cherrier, assisted by Vincent Lucas and Michel Moragués for Chamber Music. He was appointed Principal Flute at the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon at the age of 22. From 2005 to 2006 he was appointed principal flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer and he temporarily took leave from his orchestra in Lyon, which he rejoined the following year. He is currently the only French flautist to have held this position in a great British Orchestra. From 2013 to 2015 he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Flute. In 2015 he returned to France as the Principal Flute with Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon.

KEVIN MCGUIRE

Regional Security Officer / International Security Specialist

Kevin McGuire has been in the field of security for eight years, with extensive overseas experience. Kevin has worked in presenting security information to a wide range of audiences, including international bodies, government officials, policy-makers, partner organizations, key stakeholder groups, NGOs, at-risk communities and the general public.

 

 

Management

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NATALIE SLACK  |  Communications Officer

Senior Editor, Carnegie Hall

Natalie Slack is an editor, writer, and pianist based in Brooklyn, New York. She joined the Marketing and Creative Services team at Carnegie Hall after graduating from the University of Vermont with a double major in English and Music. Natalie is currently a Senior Editor at Carnegie Hall, where she edits and project manages a wide range of print and digital materials with a particular focus on working on projects related to the Weill Music Institute, the education and social impact programs arm of the organization. Previously, she interned with The Lane Series at the University of Vermont and was the Arts Editor of The Vermont Cynic.

 

Advisory board

ANALISA BALARES

Founder and CEO, Womensphere

NICHOLE HEID

Accountant

DEMARRE MCGILL

The principal flutist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

NZINGA NKENDA

CEO, Ingeta Consulting LLC.