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.
CUR_8881Recent laureate of 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), violinist Barbora Kolářová is the Co-founder and Artistic Director/General Manager at the Lake George Music Festival and a visiting performing artist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of her recent prizes, Barbora joined the ‘Manhattan International Artists’ roster and starting in November 2016 will also collaborate with the Lincoln Center Stage and perform on the Holland America Line.

A former visiting performing artist member of the Czech Philharmonic (2013-2016) Barbora Kolářová is a winner of the Broadus Erle Prize (2015) and laureate of numerous international competitions such as the New York International Artist Association Competition in New York City (2014), the Remember Enescu (1999) and Telemann Competition (2002). She is also a two time winner of the Prague Junior Note, the Grand Prize  winner of the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition (2006) and a recipient of The Special Diploma  at the Vadim Repin Master class Scholarship Competition (2012).

She has 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 60s ” 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. In 2015, she  was invited as violin faculty to 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, and recently made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

She  has collaborated with such notable concert artists as Ruggiero Ricci, Pamela Frank, Claude Frank, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Toby Appel, Daniel Phillips, Jennifer Higdon, George Crumb, Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Seymour Lipkin, Roberto Díaz, Peter Wiley, Albrecht Breuninger, Robert Levin, Michael Frischenschlager, the Ying Quartet and the Johannes Quartet. As an orchestra member, Miss Kolářová has performed under the direction of many eminent conductors including Otto-Werner Müeller, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Marin Alsop, Nicholas McGegan, André Previn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Corrado Rovaris, Robert Spano, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Roberto Abbado, Giancarlo Guerrero, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Stern, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jiří Belohlávek and James Judd.

A native of the Czech Republic, Miss Kolářová 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.


Roger 2016Currently in his first season as Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, Roger Kalia is also Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Music Director & Co-Founder of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York.  He previously spent two seasons as Assistant Conductor with the Charlotte Symphony.  Kalia will lead the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on their upcoming tour of China this summer with performances in Beijing’s National Concert Hall and Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Centre, among others.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Owensboro Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and Bakersfield Symphony.  Kalia has also worked as a guest cover conductor with the St. Louis Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, and he was a finalist for the Assistant Conductor audition with the New York Philharmonic in 2015.

As a recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2013), Kalia started his career as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles (2012-2015), following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn.  Kalia led the orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by acclaimed video game and film composers.  Highlights of his tenure included four world premieres, collaborations with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary.

Kalia has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, and actors, and has shared the stage with Randy Newman, Dan Dunn, Michael Boudewyns, Magic Circle Mime Co., Grey Seal Puppets, Metropolitan Ballroom, and students from Northwest School of the Arts, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte.  A strong advocate of music education and audience development, Kalia created an annual Family Concert series as well as a new music series called “Sounds of Our Time” at the Lake George Music Festival that have resulted in numerous grants from the New York State Council of the Arts.  Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, he maintains a regular teaching relationship with the Colburn School and Cal State Fullerton.

Kalia has also commissioned and programmed more than 100 works by some of America’s brightest and innovative composers including Mason Bates, David Lang, Narong Prangcharoen, Michael Daugherty, Brendan Faegre, and Paul Chihara, among others.  Kalia commissioned Paul Dooley’s Coast of Dreams with the YMF Debut Orchestra, which was featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today with Fred Child and resulted in a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

In 2010 Kalia studied under Robert Spano at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.  He was also a fellow at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2011, chosen by Marin Alsop.  In 2011 he won Second Prize at the Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition, which led to his professional debut with the orchestra the following season.  That same year David Zinman invited him to conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele.  In 2013 Roger worked with Kurt Masur at his annual Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music.

A native of New York, Roger 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.  His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager.

board of directors

Helen Tobias Treasurer • Nancy Stafford Secretary
Betsy Birchenough • Paul Gilchrist • Tom Hall • Nancy Jefts • Katherine “Kitty” Verbeck

seasonal staff

Caleb Eick Executive Assistant for Administration • Jacob Ertl LGMF On Tour Director • Christine Wisch Librarian • Matthew Puryear Lead Recording and Production Engineer • Cory Austin-Avon Development Assistant • Colin Sorgi Graphic Design • Z. Skorko Piano Technician