Nina Baroness von Maltzahn
Born in New York City, educated in Geneva, Switzerland, where she accomplished her French baccalaureate and went on to study Simultaneous Interpreting (various languages), and now residing in Punta del Este, Uruguay, Baroness von Maltzahn maintains active ties to Europe and New York City. She is founder and president of the Fundación Retoño (Sapling Foundation), a nonprofit organization that works to develop better opportunities for over 400 children at social risk in Uruguay. She also funds projects related to environment and medical research.
She serves on the boards of several German organizations, including the American Academy in Berlin, a research and cultural institution dedicated to fostering ties between the United States and Germany, and the James Simon Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of art, culture, and public utility. She is an honorary member of the board of the chamber music series Spectrum Concerts Berlin, a member of the International Council of the Salzburg Easter Festival's Association of Patrons, a renowned classical music festival founded by Herbert von Karajan in 1967, and a member of the Metropolitan Opera International Council.
Baroness von Maltzahn served as a Curtis Overseer prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2010. She endowed the Fondation Charidu Chair in Guitar Studies, held by David Starobin, as part of the Lenfest Challenge in 2010. In 2012, through the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, she established the Nina von Maltzahn Faculty Chair in Violin Studies, held by Ida Kavafian. In addition, the harp studio in Lenfest Hall is named in her honor.
Since 2008 she has provided extraordinary support for Curtis On Tour, which has brought Curtis faculty, alumni, and students to perform in Italy, Spain, Denmark, England, France, and Germany, including the American Academy in Berlin. She was instrumental in establishing the school's new string quartet program, establishing a fund to implement the program over the next three years with fellow trustee Robert H. Mundheim and Henry Arnhold.
Robert H. "Bob" Mundheim
Robert H. "Bob" Mundheim is Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling. Previously he served as Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc.
Prior to joining Salomon Inc. in 1992, Mr. Mundheim was Co-Chairman of the New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he had taught since 1965. He served as Dean of that institution from 1982 to 1989.
Mr. Mundheim joined the Curtis Board of Trustees in 2006 after serving as an Overseer from 1999 to 2006. Additionally he serves on the boards of New School University and the Salzburg Global Seminar, and is an emeritus member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He was formerly President of the American Academy in Berlin and received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr. Mundheim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1954, a law degree from Harvard University in 1957, and was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.
Edward A. "Ned" Montgomery Jr.
Edward A. "Ned" Montgomery Jr. has served as Vice-Chair of the Curtis Board since 2006 and as a Trustee since 2003. He graduated from Deerfield Academy, received a B.A. and L.L.D. from Trinity College, and attended Harvard Business School.
For thirty years, Mr. Montgomery worked for Mellon Bank in the United States and London. Before retiring in 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Mellon Bank Corporation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon Bank (East). He joined the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania in 1990.
Mr. Montgomery is Vice President of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and a Trustee of the Isabel Rockefeller Trust and the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. His community service extends to the boards of Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman), Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (Ex Officio), and the advisory boards of the Royal Oak Foundation (Chairman) and Teach for America * Greater Philadelphia Camden. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Academy of Natural Sciences (past Chairman), Trinity College (past Chairman), and the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. He is a retired director of Fisher Scientifics International, Mellon Bank Corporation, Pullman Corporation, and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
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