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Does the discipline and rigor of music training provide the tools you need to succeed in other fields?

Joanne Lipman explores the connection between serious music training and extraordinary achievement with hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner, a pianist who took classes at Juilliard; concert pianist and technology CEO Robert Taub; and Advertising Hall of Fame creative director Steve Hayden, a cellist.

Joanne Lipman will be signing copies of her book, Strings Attached, following this event.

Press for Strings Attached:

“Inspirational!” —New York Times Book Review

“Makes me believe that one man can make a difference.” —Yo-Yo Ma

"STRINGS ATTACHED is about how tough love can also be unconditional love. It is proof that a great teacher can inspire his students for life." —Amy Chua, author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

“Touching…. Should appeal to musicians and the non-musicians alike.”  —American Music Teacher


Joanne Lipman is one of the nation's most prominent journalists and commentators. She founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the National Magazine Award-winning Condé Nast Portfolio, and was deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, where she supervised coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. She advises news and media organizations such as CNN, Yahoo! and New York Public Radio, and she has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CBS and NBC among others. Her work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times and Newsweek. She and her family live in New York City.

Bruce Kovner is the Chairman of Caxton Alternative Management LP, which he established in January 2012 to manage his investment, trading and business activities. From 1983 through 2011, Mr. Kovner was the founder and Chairman of Caxton Associates, LP, a diversified trading company. Mr. Kovner serves as Chairman of the Board of The Juilliard School, and Vice Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves on the Boards of the Metropolitan Opera, the American Enterprise Institute and Synta Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Kovner received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1966. He continued his studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government until 1970.

Robert Taub is a concert pianist who has performed as guest soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. Taub was featured on the PBS television program "Big Ideas," and was the winner of the first Peabody Mason Award. Taub is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and he completed his doctoral degree at The Juilliard School as a Danforth Fellow. Building upon his experiences and achievements in the performing arts, Taub founded MuseAmi, a music software and technology company, in May 2007. MuseAmi’s Hook'd, was recently featured in The New York Times.

Steve Hayden began his career at the end of the Mad Men era as a junior copywriter in Detroit for General Motors. After honing his craft at a number of agencies, Steve was recruited to Chiat-Day where he and Lee Clow made advertising history as co-creators of the “1984” campaign for Apple. In 1986, Steve moved to BBDO to become Chairman/CEO of West Coast operations, where he led the team that sustained Apple as an iconic brand, at the same time tripling the size of the agency.  In 1994, he joined Ogilvy as “brand steward” for the newly-won IBM global account.  Here, he also crafted campaigns for other major brands, including American Express, Kodak, Motorola, Dove, Cisco, AT&T and SAP. As Vice Chair, Chief Creative Officer and a member of Ogilvy’s Worldwide Board, Steve drove the agency’s engagement with digital media, setting the scene for the firm to become a leader in interactive advertising. Steve serves on several boards including The Interlochen Center for the Arts, a world-class music and arts school.

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