Fred Bronstein - an accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras - began his appointment as dean of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. He came to Peabody after serving as president of the renowned St. Louis Symphony since 2008.
Bronstein was recognized in St. Louis for reversing steep multi-year downturns in symphony attendance, ticket revenue, and philanthropic support. In collaboration with the symphony's artistic leadership, he introduced innovative concert programming, returned the orchestra to domestic and international touring after long absences, initiated new recording projects, and launched live performances on public radio. He led creation and early execution of a 10-year strategic plan, sealed new collective bargaining agreements with musicians well before old contracts expired, managed expenses, and restructured the symphony's marketing, education, and community outreach.
Bronstein notes the move from a major orchestra to a university and conservatory is a "natural extension" of his career-long interest in the formation of young musicians. His first arts administrative experience was as executive director of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, which has hundreds of alumni employed with orchestras around the world.
His stints as president of the Omaha Symphony and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra where he also led the search for a new music director, and more recently in St. Louis, have all involved significant educational outreach. As a performer, he toured for eight years and could be heard on New World Records as part of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded with a focus on new American music, innovative programming and educational outreach.
Bronstein graduated from Boston University in 1978 and earned a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 1982. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1987.
In 2005, Boston University's College of Fine Arts presented him its Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. He has served on the college's Dean's Advisory Council and on the university's Board of Overseers.