Aspen Music Festival and School

Art & Culture
Founded 2000 - Ongoing

The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States’ premier classical music festival and school, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The Simms/Mann Family Foundation knows how important it is for young musicians to be exposed to transformational artistic experiences by world class teachers and peers.

In 2000, this belief led the Foundation to endow a Piano Chair at the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Chair is awarded to a member of the Aspen piano faculty for special recognition of teaching prominence. This gift also supports two Aspen Music Festival and School piano students annually. Over the last sixteen years the Foundation gift has given over thirty young musicians the opportunity to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Piano Chair Listing

  • Ann Schein – Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute
  • Yoheved Kaplinsky – The Juilliard School
  • John O’Conor – Belvedere College
  • Choong Mo Kang – The Juilliard School
  • Richard Aaron – The Juilliard School
  • Gabriel Chodos – New England Conservatory
  • John Perry – University of Southern California

Piano Students

  • 2004 – Michael Shinn, Liany Farinas
  • 2005 – PuoChi Huang, Yuan Tian
  • 2006 – Jose Menor, Esther Shin
  • 2007 – Jose Menor, Esther Shin
  • 2008 – Dariya Bukhartseva, Daniel Walden
  • 2009 – Steven Lin, Hanbo Liu
  • 2010 – Steven Lin, Hanbo Liu
  • 2011 – Silvan Negrutiu, Dimitri Papadimitriou
  • 2012 – Hyun Jung Kim, Amanda Gessler
  • 2013 – Hyung-Do Kim, Carmen Knoll
  • 2014 – Taek Gi Lee, Tsotne Tsotskhalashivili
  • 2015 – Jiacheng Xiong, Qixuan Fan
  • 2016 – Jiacheng Xiong, Dongxu Jin
  • 2017 – Dongxu Jin, Harmony Zhu, Jonathan Heifetz
  • 2018 – Elliot Wuu, Harmony Zhu, Eyul Esme Bolucek, Micah McLaurin
  • 2019 – Harmony Zhu, Daniela Liebman, Yuval Hen
  • 2021 – Daniela Liebman, David JeongMin Kim, Umi Garrett
  • 2022 – Youlan Ji, Jiacheng Xiong

Back to Art & Culture

Other Art & Culture Projects


Simms/Mann Habits for Health Initiative at Cayton Children’s Museum

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation has partnered with Sharewell to create a health and wellness overlay at the new Cayton Children’s Museum, entitled “Simms/Mann Habits for Health.” Doors to the all-new Cayton Children’s Museum will officially open in early summer 2019 in Downtown Santa Monica.


USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

In 2016, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation established the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.


MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

The Simms/Mann Institute supported MOXI’s mission by donating to the Bridge for Interactive Media exhibit, which features rotating displays of new media arts and technology. The exhibit will allow visitors to discover a unique showcase for a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists.


Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota

The Foundation supported the production of the Tedd Mann Concert Hall, a world-class concert auditorium overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, in 1993.


Prince of Wales Foundation

The Foundation supports the collaboration between the Prince’s Drawing School and United States art education institutions by providing scholarships to young American artists to participate in a four-week residency at the Prince’s Drawing School.


Zimmer Children’s Museum

The Foundation supported the development of a permanent exhibit at the Museum: the Mann Theater. The Foundation has also supported the Museum’s youTHink program.

See All Projects