Sir Georg Solti Foundation

Sir Georg Solti Foundation

              A Beautiful Evening of Continuing Support


Kevin and Mary Ellen Connellan were among those gathered to pay tribute to the Soltis.





 By Megan McKinney


Guests at the annual Sir Georg Solti Foundation Awards Dinner were subdued this year by the loss of the conductor’s vibrant widow in March. 

Sir George and Lady Solti

The Foundation was established In 2020 by Lady Solti—known to friends as Valerie—and the couple’s daughters, Claudia and Gabrielle. Following the conductor’s 1997 death, his family continued Sir Georg’s personal tradition of aiding young musicians by creating the Foundation to fund scholarships for assisting Music School graduates in the transitional period at the beginning of their professional careers. According to Lady Solti, Sir Geog “never ceased to be grateful for the help he received from others during the bleak days before he found work.”

Claudia Solti and her husband, David Ross

Jack McCord and Biba Roesch

Zoe Zook and Suzanna Craib-Cox

Richard Hoskins, organist at St. Chrysostom’s Church, and Pam Sheffield

2021  Awardees at Dinner, Nathaniel Efthimiou, Stefano Sarzani, Kevin Fitzgerald and Michael RepperViolinist

Robert Chen with Board Chair Penny Van Horn and David McNeel

Solti Co-Chair Kay Mabie with Emily Knight

Ingrid McNeill and Biba Roesch

Will Barrett and Lauren Clare

Zoe Zook and Earl Cromer

Pianist Kay Krim with Robert Chen, violinist and CSO Concertmaster



Photo Credit : Bonnie Robinson

Edited by Amanda K. O’Brien