Jeremy Geffen has served as director of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall since March 2007. In this position, his responsibilities include program planning and development, as well as the creation of a wide range of audience education programs. Jeremy was responsible for the development and planning of La Serenissima, Carnegie Hall's citywide festival of the Venetian Republic in February 2017, encompassing 13 performances at Carnegie Hall as well as numerous partner events in visual arts, drama, opera, panel discussions, lectures and many other disciplines at major cultural institutions around New York City as well as online. Prior to his appointment at Carnegie Hall, Jeremy was vice president of artistic administration for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (2005–2007) and artistic administrator of the New York Philharmonic (2000–2005). In addition, he worked for the Aspen Music Festival and School as associate artistic administrator from 1998 to 2000. During that time, he also taught courses in music at Colorado Mountain College, hosted a weekly classical music radio show on KAJX, and became the Aspen Institute’s youngest-ever moderator, creating and leading the seminar The Marriage of Music and Ideas with Dr. Alberta Arthurs in February and March 2000.
Jeremy currently serves on the advisory entities for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two and the Avery Fisher Career Grant; as well as the National Advisory Council of the Music Academy of the West. He has also served as an adjudicator for numerous auditions and competitions, including the jury of the 2015 Honens Prize, 2011 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, the nominating jury for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In addition, he served as chairman of the nominating jury for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Jeremy was raised in Newport Beach, California. While pursuing a bachelor of music degree in viola performance at the University of Southern California, Jeremy developed problems with his right hand that led him away from performance and into artistic programming, which combines his curiosity for and love of the breadth of the classical repertoire, as well as the artists who bring that repertoire to life.