"remarkable" - The New York Times
"an executive" - The Los Angeles Times
JD Hixson began professional life as a musician, having earned master and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School and pursued conducting studies with Jorma Panula in Europe and Russia. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with some of the greatest classical music artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Among his adventures, he has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the greatest stages of Europe. He has served as North American Cultural Ambassador to Costa Rica, played Brahms accompanied by Vladimir Ashkenazy, conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the former haunts of Stalin and, on the side, has pioneered global projects in the fields of internet technology and international data analysis. He has met and performed for Nelson Mandela, John McCain, Henry Kissinger and countless other VIPs while, during the day, he would bring music to those in hospitals, child cancer wards, maximum security psychiatric wards and AIDS and drug rehab clinics.
When 9/11 hit, he began to focus working on the technology and business side of things and collaborated extensively with Arts & Business Councils throughout the US, forging relationships with leaders in both fields, presenting workshops and seminars throughout the country on the innovative techniques of creative business strategies.
Underlying it all, the constant theme has been a passion for performance potential, regardless of the field - the arts, business or education.
Currently based in Tokyo, his days are filled with writing, coaching and presenting as well as training in Система, the ancient Russian martial art.