Alexander Brose, selected as The Tianjin Juilliard School’s first executive director and CEO, was the vice president for development at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado and was responsible for all fund-raising activities, including raising annual operating expenses in the amount of $6.5 million, as well as raising $73 million to complete the $75 million Where Dreams Begin Campaign. Mr. Brose has nearly 20 years of experience working in classical music performance and education in both the United States and China.
Prior to joining Aspen in 2012, Mr. Brose spent the previous 11 years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the West Coast's oldest school of music, first as assistant director of admissions, as director of admissions, and finally as associate vice president for advancement. While at the San Francisco Conservatory, Mr. Brose used his Mandarin Chinese language skills to initiate frequent recruitment and relationship-building trips to China and other regions of East Asia, working closely with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing and Visual Arts in Hong Kong, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, and, ultimately, with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. It was in Shanghai that he masterminded the development of a sister school relationship between Shanghai and San Francisco, leading to the creation of the annual San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival, which he produced and co-curated for two years before leaving for Aspen.
Raised in South Korea and Hong Kong, Mr. Brose received his BA in Asian studies, with a concentration in China, from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. A trained vocalist, he has performed in concert venues across the globe, including on the nationally syndicated radio show A Prairie Home Companion, at the Seoul National Arts Center in South Korea, as part of the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., and with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus. He currently serves as a member of the board of governors with the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and on the advisory council of the Cornell University Glee Club, Cornell’s oldest student organization.