Staff Members

Andrew Balio

Andrew Balio

Founder & Executive Director

Andrew has served as principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since his invitation by Yuri Temirkanov in 2001. He is former principal of the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico. He also served as principal of the Oslo Philharmonic for the 14/15 season. Andrew’s interest in orchestral affairs and challenges began while he was a music student, renting a room from the Boston Symphony’s long-time chairman of the Players’ Committee and thereby gaining a unique and candid vantage point from which to consider the inner workings of a highly successful organization. In Baltimore, he served on various orchestral committees before formulating his first strategic plan for the organization called Repositioning the BSO in 2003, collaborating with Robin-Marie Williams, strategic planner for NASA and the Department of Defense. His many years of watching, studying, and seeking out the experts culminates with his founding of the Future Symphony Institute. More recently, Andrew has been called upon again to present a new value strategy for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Plans are underway to unveil a newly conceived orchestral experience to the public in coordination with the BSO’s upcoming centennial anniversary. Andrew remains active as a teacher, performer, committee member, and as an avid student of business, philosophy, and the challenges of our modern culture.

Roger Scruton, by Pete Helme

Sir Roger Scruton

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Sir Roger is one of the world’s leading philosophers in the field of aesthetics. Having graduated with honors from Cambridge, he has subsequently held positions at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Princeton, and Boston. Called to the Bar after his studies at the Inns of Court in London, he is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. Moreover, Sir Roger has been awarded the Czech Republic’s Medal for Merit in recognition of his efforts to establish an underground university in Czechoslovakia during its last decade of communism. Today he serves as a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. But his principal activity remains what it has been for the last 30 years, which is writing. Sir Roger is an astonishingly prolific writer on a broad range of topics in several genres. His serious academic research has been in the area of aesthetics, with two books – The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Aesthetics of Music – that have made important contributions to their respective fields. In addition he has written essays, criticism, autobiography, invocations of country life, novels, and poems. Deeply devoted to classical music, he is also an accomplished amateur composer, having written two well-received operas and the libretto for a third.

John Borstlap

John Borstlap

Senior Fellow

John Borstlap is a composer and author on cultural subjects, covering music and the visual arts. He studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and took a Masters Degree at the University of Cambridge (England). His Violin Concerto won prizes at the Prince Pierre Competition in Monaco and the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland). John’s third symphony is due to be premiered by the Kammersymphonie Berlin in the coming seasons. Other orchestral performances are currently under negotiation in the US, Germany, and Vienna. In 2016 Borstlap’s new work ‘Feierliche Abendmusik’, a shared commission by the Dallas Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, was premiered by the respective orchestras under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. John’s book The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century is included in FSI’s recommended reading list and can be found in the bookstore on this site.

Léon Krier, image by John Midgley for “Architect” magazine

Léon Krier

Senior Fellow

Léon represents the best of a new breed of architects in the remarkable way that he elucidates the relationship between our buildings and the institutions of our civilization. He is world-renowned as an architect, an urban planner, and an architectural theorist. Originally from Luxembourg, he was educated in Stuttgart and then in London, and has since held positions at the Royal College of Arts and the Architectural Association there, as well as at both Princeton and Yale here. Notably, he has served as consultant to His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales since 1987, and from 1988 onwards he has been the masterplanner and architectural coordinator of HRH’s new town of Poundbury. Léon was the leading figure in the Reconstruction of the European City movement. The Académie Française accordingly awarded him its Silver Medal in 1997 for the clarity and intelligence of his vision for cities, articulated in his book Architecture: Choice Or Fate. The complete body of his theories and his practice of building houses and towns that speak to the human spirit and respond to the patterns and scale of human life is now compiled in his book The Architecture of Community. Léon is counted chief among the New Classicists. He is himself a great lover of classical music and an accomplished amateur pianist. He has even designed a piano.

Laura Balio

Laura Jean Balio

Editor

After turning down a Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, Laura Jean received, quite inadvertently, a very well-rounded education at the Pennsylvania State University. There she pursued alternately degrees in music, literature, and philosophy before settling finally on theoretical ecology. She completed her own research while at the University and worked as a research assistant for several years to help pay for her education. But like most students in any of those fields, she went on to an illustrious career in customer service. Now, in her work at FSI, Laura Jean has found inspiration in the synthesis of her research background and her abiding passion for and ongoing studies in the humanities. She is a member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters. And when necessary, she also dabbles in graphic design and web development, the results of which you see here.

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