New exec director takes the helm at Chopin Foundation

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Barbara Muze became the new executive director of the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. on January 21.

Barbara Muze became the new executive director of the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. on January 21.

The Chopin Foundation of the U.S. has a new leader.

Barbara Muze was named executive director of the Miami-based organization on January 21. She has served as the foundation’s marketing/development manager since 2013, and succeeds Jadwiga Gewert who was with the Chopin Foundation for 25 years.

“Barbara Muze has already proven herself, not only through her accomplishments with the Chopin Foundation, but also through her many years of experience guiding other arts organizations in Florida,” said Lady Blanka Rosenstiel, the founder and president of the Foundation. “I could not imagine a person more well suited for this job.”

“When assuming a leadership role with a well-established organization like the Chopin Foundation, you have to find the right balance between respecting the traditions of the past while slowly introducing innovative changes, “ said Muze in a statement to SFCR. “I hope to find that perfect balance for the Chopin Foundation so that it retains its relevance long into the future.”

Muze previously served as managing director of the Arts Naples World Festival in their inaugural season (2012), as well as executive director of the Miami International Piano Festival from 2003-2012, and producer of Festival Miami at UM’s Frost School of Music.

Last year the Chopin Foundation increased its top prize to $100,000 for the 2020 competition, making it the largest cash award of any U.S. competition.

The Tenth National Chopin Competition takes place February 21 through March 1, 2020 in Miami. For more information, go to

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One Response to “New exec director takes the helm at Chopin Foundation”

  1. Posted Jan 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm by Giselle

    Barbara Muze has a thorough understanding of the non-profit world and I know she will be an asset for the Chopin Foundation, she is intelligent, dependable, creative and an effective problem solver, and with so many skills to her credit, she is like an entire symphony orchestra.

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