Michelle Horowitz is a classically trained pianist and a philanthropist, focusing her efforts in supporting classical music. A native of Korea, she began her piano training at the age of 7. Michelle attended San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied at the Mozarteum International Academy in Salzburg. At age 16, she performed Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with Pasadena Youth Orchestra and at age 18, performed Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Ensemble for winning the competition.
Michelle has performed at benefit concerts, including a piano for four hands with Dr. Condoleezza Rice for Classic for Kids Foundation, and she has performed as a soloist at the Pacific Symphony Annual Gala. In 2019, Michelle performed with pianist Louis Lortie, at a private concert for the LacMus Festival in Lake Como, Italy.
Michelle currently serves on the boards of the Classics for Kids Foundation, Pacific Symphony and American Friends of LacMus Festival. She is President and Chairman of the Board of American Friends of LacMus Festival in Lake Como, which she founded in 2019. Michelle’s past leadership roles include the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine And MIND Research Institute. Michelle’s philanthropic interests include fundraising efforts for the Orange County Museum of the Arts, the Segertrom Center for the Arts, and Discovery Science Center. In 2011, she helped lead the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a tour to Bulgaria with conductor Maxim Eshkenazy.
Michelle strongly believes that all children should be exposed to classical music at an early age. As her family’s designated cultural ambassador, she takes great joy in chaperoning young members of the family to music, ballet, and theatrical performances designed for young audiences. Michelle continues to perform as a soloist and a chamber musician in recitals, concerts and benefit events for the performing arts education.
She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, David.
Richard grew up in a rural area near Buffalo, NY, the son of a German emigrant. He earned an engineering degree from Princeton University where he developed an interest in classical music, served afloat in the Navy, and earned an MBA from Northwestern University. Working for US Steel, Mobil Chemical, and Core Laboratories he developed new products and markets. In 1974 he launched Trinity Consultants, Inc. that became the nation’s leading air quality consulting and compliance firm. When he sold controlling interest in 2007, it employed 270 staff in 23 offices serving industry. He has published 30 technical papers, delivered numerous lectures, and co-authored a 400-page academic textbook. He then launched a family foundation that makes grants to cultural and educational organizations. Richard serves on various boards including the Dallas Symphony Foundation, the Dallas Opera Foundation and the Executive Advisory Board of the Engineering School at Southern Methodist University.
Every member of Tim’s family in Bergen County, NJ, played an instrument. Growing up in a musical family, Tim was introduced to the piano at age 7, performing at various concerts throughout his childhood and young adult life. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and attaining a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Southern California, Tim defined his career path several years after his adventures in music performance by joining a New York Stock Exchange firm. There, he utilized his analytical and social skills developing a long-term clientele over the ensuing 36 years. Today he is a founding/managing partner of a 26 member investment and financial planning firm – DJM Financial.
With music in his DNA, Tim is an avid pianist, having a particular knack for improvising. He continues to serve, as he has for many years, on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, California. He also is the founder and emcee of a concert venue, the Emerging Artist Series, in Newport Beach, California, now in its eighth year, which features the most talented young musical artists in the area, several of whom have gone on to professional careers in music.
In addition to his music ventures, Tim enjoys the southern California coastline – kayaking, hiking the lowland hills and surrounding mountain ranges, and continually working on finding the fairway off the tee.
Molly E. Pyott
Molly Pyott serves as a Board Member and the Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Board of Easterseals of Southern California, a 100-year old U.S.-based charity with a $240 million annual budget to provide life-changing services to people with disabilities. She is Director of the David and Molly Pyott Foundation a private charity registered in Colorado which is focused on philanthropy in a few areas: improving care for disabled individuals; enabling disadvantaged youth secure employment; teaching and educating ophthalmologists worldwide to provide better eyecare; and advancing the performing arts. Ms Pyott leads development and operational strategy for significant grants to classical music and the performing arts; The Prince’s Trust, a charity in the United Kingdom founded by HRH Prince of Wales; and ORBIS International, a U.S. eyecare charity addressing preventable blindness in Africa and other developing nations. She is an Officer in the Order of St. John, a humanitarian charity supporting the work of the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group.
Previously, Ms. Pyott served as Vice President of Business Development and Secretary to the Board of Directors for California Healthcare Institute (CHI), a non-profit public policy research and advocacy organization for California’s life sciences industry. While at CHI, she held successive positions of responsibility in event management, public relations, publishing, marketing, operations and fundraising. She was publications manager, and a medical and science editor for ScrippsHealth, an integrated healthcare delivery system that included Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Scripps Memorial Hospitals and an independent physician’s network in La Jolla, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her hobbies include classical piano, downhill skiing, pilates, and hiking.