Keynotes and General Sessions

Friday Keynote Address: Robert Krulwich

Friday, January 5, 2018 | 10:00-11:45 AM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

Robert Krulwich

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program about ‘big ideas’ now one of public radio’s most popular shows. It is carried on more than 500 radio stations and its podcasts are downloaded over 5 million times each month. He is also the author of the “Curiously Krulwich” blog, featured on National Geographic, where he illustrates hard-to-fathom concepts in science using drawings, cartoons, videos, and more.

For 22 years, Krulwich was a science, economics, general assignment and foreign correspondent at ABC and CBS News. Krulwich has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide.  His specialty is explaining complex subjects, science, technology, economics, in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining.  On television he has explored the structure of DNA using a banana; on radio he created an Italian opera, “Ratto Interesso” to explain how the Federal Reserve regulates interest rates; he also pioneered the use of new animation on ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight.

He has won Emmy awards for a cultural history of Barbie, the world famous doll, for a Frontline investigation of computers and privacy, a George Polk and an Emmy for a look at the Savings & Loan bailout, and the 2010 Essay Prize from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Krulwich also won the AAAS Science Journalism Award for a 2001 a NOVA Special, Cracking the Code of Life, The Extraordinary Communicator Award from the National Cancer Institute, and an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award.

Sunday General Session: A Conversation with David Shifrin

Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

David Shifrin

Listen in on a conversation with clarinetist David Shifrin, recipient of CMA’s 2018 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award. The Award presentation will take place following the conversation.


A distinguished figure on the American musical scene for over four decades, David Shifrin is known as a chamber musician, recitalist, orchestral soloist, presenter, educator, and recording artist. He has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981 and, since 1989, an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where he served as artistic director from 1992 to 2004. A faculty member at the Yale School of Music since 1987, he was appointed artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in 2008. That same year, he became artistic director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival. He has held faculty positions at The Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii.

The three-time GRAMMY nominee has recorded on the Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY, and CRI labels. He is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since its inception in 1974. In addition, he has received a Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West, and top prizes at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at China’s Central Conservatory in Beijing.

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