National Council

The National Council recognizes and honors individuals who have had a significant impact on Chamber Music America and the field of ensemble music.

Robert W. Ashton

Chair, board of directors, The Bay and Paul Foundations

Richard J. Bogomolny

Chairman emeritus, Chamber Music America


William Bolcom



Leon Botstein

Conductor/president, Bard College


Heidi Castleman

Professor of viola, The Juilliard School


Ronald Crutcher

Cellist; president, Wheaton College

Paquito D’Rivera

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer

Constance Emmerich

Pianist, An die Musik

Richard Goode

Pianist, co-artistic director, Marlboro Music School and Festival


Bonnie Hampton

Cellist; faculty, The Juilliard School


Gilbert Kalish

Professor of piano, director of performance activities, SUNY Stony Brook


Paul Katz

Cellist; director, Professional String Quartet Training Program, New England Conservatory


Benita Valente



Anthony Viscusi

President and CEO (ret.), Vasomedical, Inc.