LGMF-1565Hailed by the Glens Falls Chronicle as “Impresario of the year” and described as “ambitious in the best way truly,” Alexander Lombard has been a driving force in the creation and cultivation of the Lake George Music Festival since its inception.  Lombard, who is a native of Queensbury, founded the festival in 2011 along with colleagues Barbora Kolářová and Roger Kalia.  His creative spirit and paramount success with the organization has earned him many distinctions including a position as one of the “Top 30 Professionals of 2014” according to Musical America.  Lombard’s vision and work for the festival has helped revitalize the landscape in the Village of Lake George, and the festival is frequently described as the region’s 21st century “cultural renaissance.”  His passion for creating innovative ways to reach new audiences has led to the festival’s highly regarded Art Attacks!  and Late Night Concert series in an effort to bring classical music to where the people are. Lombard’s success and experience has led him to become a frequent panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. As an accomplished pianist, Lombard has performed across the United States and Europe and participated in a variety of summer music festivals.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance with a concentration in music business from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.
Barbora Kolářová is recognized as one of the foremost young violinists to emerge from the Czech Republic, having received widespread acclaim for her ability to move audiences with her passionate performance, inherent musicality and comfortable command on stage.  Co-founder and Artistic Director/General Manager at the Lake George Music Festival, Barbora is a Manhattan International Artists and Lincoln Center Stage artist, visiting concertmaster of the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil and visiting performing artist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Kolářová’s 2016/2017 season includes a residency as a contemporary artist at the Curtis Summerfest, solo and chamber music recitals and all over United Sates, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, and Europe as well as continuing her collaboration with the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. She will also be giving multiple outreach performances and master classes in the Czech Republic.

Her most recent competition successes include laureate prizes at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition in NYC (August 2016), the Manhattan International Music Competition (June 2016), and the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria (May 2016). Recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize (2015) and a holder of The Special Diploma at the Vadim Repin Master class Scholarship Competition (2012), Barbora is also a laureate of the New York International Artist Association Competition (2014), the Remember Enescu in Bucharest (1999), Telemann Competition in Poland (2002), of the Prague Junior Note and the Grand prize winner of the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition (2006).

Barbora Kolářová appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performing throughout Europe and the United States and has also performed solo concertos with the Czech Radio Symphony, the Czech National Theatre Orchestra, the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and the Limoges Orchestra. She was invited to perform at the 2005 Haydn Music Festival and the Young Prague and gave a presentation on “Czech Music of the 60’s” in the National Arts Gallery in Washington DC as part of the 2012 Miloš Forman Festival. Most recently she appeared as a soloist with the Academy Sinfonietta performing Concerto Academico by Vaughan Williams and premiered Brendan Faegre’s “Lys- Slatt” for solo violin in Lake George, NY. She has collaborated with the chamber ensemble Cantata Profana with whom she performed in NYC, Boston, and New Haven. She was invited as violin faculty to the 2015 The Sound of Piano, Strings & Voice China International Music Festival in Xi’an where she also performed numerous solo and chamber music performances and appeared on television and radio shows.

As an active soloist, chamber musician, and member of numerous prestigious orchestras she has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, Dewan Philharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Musikverein and the Wiener Kozerthaus in Vienna, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lisinksi Hall in Zagreb, and the Dvorana Hall/ Union Hall in Maribor, Slovenia. Barbora made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in June 2014. She has collaborated with many notable artists such as the Ying Quartet, the Johannes Quartet, Ruggiero Ricci, Sir Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Andre Previn, Yannick Nezget-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Neeme Jarvi and many others.

A native of the Czech Republic, Miss Kolářová is a former visiting performing artist of the Czech Philharmonic (2013-2016). She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers include Pavel Prantl, Charles Avsharian, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt and Ani Kavafian.


Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Roger Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A recipient of a 2013 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He began his tenure in 2015, and was recently awarded a two-year contract extension, becoming only the second assistant conductor in Pacific Symphony’s history to receive this honor.  Previously, he served for two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in a variety of performances and invigorated the orchestra’s engagement with the community.  Kalia has also held Music Director positions with both the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the state and only its fourth music director. Kalia recently led the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a highly successful tour of China, which marked the orchestra’s second international tour and its first to Asia.

In addition to his current positions, Kalia is in consistent demand as a guest conductor. In the 2017-2018 season, he makes his European subscription debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland, and will conduct the Bakersfield Symphony in their annual Gala concert. Further recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Long Beach Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, and the 2018 Missouri All-State Orchestra.

Kalia has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Randy Newman, the B-52s, Dan Dunn, Fei-Fei Dong, and Misha Dichter, and has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Kalia has worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others. Kalia conducted the Memphis Symphony in 2011 after winning Second Prize in their International Conducting Competition, which led to his debut the following season and launched his professional career.

A native of New York, Kalia received his Doctorate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble.  He also holds degrees from the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.  His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager.


board of directors

Helen Tobias Treasurer • Nancy Stafford Secretary
Betsy Birchenough • Nabil ElDib • Robert Foulke • Patricia Friesen • Paul Gilchrist • Nancy Jefts •  Kathleen Kniskern • Phyllis Meader • Edward Pontacoloni • Katherine “Kitty” Verbeck

seasonal staff

Caleb Eick Executive Assistant for Administration • Jacob Ertl LGMF On Tour Director Christine Wisch Music Librarian Matthew Puryear Lead Recording and Production Engineer Kyle P. Snyder Guest Recording and Production Engineer Cory Austin-Avon Development Assistant Colin Sorgi Graphic Design Zbigniew Skorko Piano Technician Lauren Nelson Photography

internship staff

James Probel Recording and Production • Rachel Conklin Arts Administration  Sara Vicinaiz Arts Administration  Marija Trapkiewicz Arts Administration