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.  Barbora has become known for her adventurous outreach performances in non-traditional venues and bringing music to people’s homes. Co-founder and Artistic Director/General Manager of the Lake George Music Festival, Barbora is a Price Rubin & Partners artist, Manhattan Concert artist, Lincoln Center Stage artist and performing artist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

​Ms. Kolářová’s 2018/2019 season highlights include the world premiere of a solo violin composition by GRAMMY Award nominated composer Pascal Le Boeuf and a premiere by David Ludwig for solo violin and Pierrot Ensemble. She will be returning to Curtis Summerfest as a contemporary artist in residence,  giving chamber music recitals at The Sound of Piano Strings & Voice Music festival in China, recording a solo violin album including a new solo violin pieces by Pascal Le Boeuf written for Barbora and other pieces that have not previously been recorded, and presenting solo and chamber music recitals and outreach events all over the United States, South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

​Spotlight winner for Lincoln Center Stage, Barbora was awarded laureate prizes at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition in NYC, the Manhattan International Music Competition, and the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria.Recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize and a holder of The Special Diploma at the Vadim Repin Master class Scholarship Competition, Barbora is also a laureate of the New York International Artist Association Competition, the Remember Enescu in Bucharest, Telemann Competition in Poland, of the Prague Junior Note and the Grand prize winner of the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition.

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, the Limoges Orchestra and the Academy Sinfonietta Orchestra where she also served as a concertmaster (2013-2015). Miss Kolářová is also a former visiting performing artist of the Czech Philharmonic (2013-2016) and visiting concertmaster of the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil (2017-2018).

Performance highlights include a solo concert at the 2005 Haydn Music Festival and the 2006 Young Prague Festival, 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, a solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2014, a premiere of Brendan Faegre’s “Lys- Slatt” for solo violin as part of the 2015 Lake George Music Festival Winter Series and numerous solo and chamber music performances and appearances on television and radio shows as violin faculty of the 2015 The Sound of Piano, Strings & Voice China International Music Festival in Xi’an. Most recent performances include a benefit concert in The Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, NY to help raise support for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and a video project to benefit Hurricane Irma as well as multiple outreach performances in non-traditional venues in Malaysia and Philippines.

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, Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, and the Dvorana Hall/ Union Hall in Maribor, Slovenia. 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, Barbora 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.


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 2018, 2017 and 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently in his third season as the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and Music Director of the 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.   

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, leads the Camarada Chamber Orchestra of San Diego, returns to conduct the Bakersfield Symphony on their annual Gala concert, and collaborates with the Orange County Music and Dance School in a benefit concert titled “From Classical to Rock” featuring rock stars Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) and Nancy Wilson (Heart).  Upcoming engagements for the 2018-2019 season include leading the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra on their annual state tour of West Virginia, conducting the Lake George Music Festival Symphony Orchestra in premieres by Paul Dooley, Steven Snowden and Chris Rogerson, collaborating with PROJECT Trio at the Lake George Music Festival, and making his debut with Symphony New Hampshire as a Music Director Finalist.  Additional recent guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Long Beach Symphony, Orchestra Santa Monica, Great Falls Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and Adrian Symphony.

Kalia has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, Randy Newman, Shayna Steele, Lisa Pegher, the B-52s, Jack Black, Fei-Fei Dong, and Misha Dichter.  Kalia has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony.  He has also worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  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.  Prior to joining Pacific Symphony, Kalia held conducting positions with the Charlotte Symphony, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra. 

Described as the region’s 21st century “cultural renaissance” by Art in the Adirondacks and as a festival that “has a limitless horizon” by the Glens Falls Chronicle, Kalia serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, whose distinguished musicians come from many of North America’s finest orchestras and conservatories.  Last summer, the Glens Falls Chronicle hailed Kalia’s concert with the Festival Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony as the “concert of the summer.”  The review goes on to say, “the entire orchestra, under Roger Kalia, were all fantastic, clearly caught up in the moment and launching it and us into a musical bliss…It’s hard to imagine any orchestra anywhere playing Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony better than they played it that night.”  Through its unique and innovative artistic collaborations and outreach, the festival was recently voted as the Best Annual Event by the City of Lake George, which has resulted in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the NYS Council on the Arts.  In 2016, Kalia created a groundbreaking series called Sounds of Our Time, which highlights the connections between the popular music of our time and orchestral music through an innovative concert format featuring visuals, audience engagement, and multimedia.  Over the past two seasons the series has focused on electronic music, specifically electronic dance music (EDM), by having the Festival Orchestra collaborate with Billboard artists like MAKO and Balún in concerts that combine electronica with symphonic music, one of the first collaborations of its kind.  This series has gained national publicity by being featured in the League of American Orchestras The Hub,Broadway WorldEDMjoy, the Albany Times Union, and Saratoga Living.  The Festival Orchestra has been broadcasted on a variety of national radio programs including National Public Radio’s (NPR) Performance Today with Fred Child, WQXR-NY, and Classic FM. 

Kalia started his career as Music Director of the YMF 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, the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness, a Gala concert featuring Randy Newman at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary.  In addition, Kalia led the Debut Orchestra in the orchestra’s first-ever performance at the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral (the largest church in Los Angeles) in December 2012 for the Virgin of Guadalupe Festival with more than 2,000 people in attendance as well as being live-streamed worldwide. 

Kalia has held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program, the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano, the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop, the David Zinman International Conducting Masterclass with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music.   Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with the Colburn School and Cal State Fullerton, and he recently conducted the Missouri All-State Symphony Orchestra.  As an educator, Kalia has created family and educational concerts for orchestras across the country in a variety of concert formats including the use of multimedia, semi-staged operas, and collaborations with groups such as Cirque de la Symphony, Orange County’s Festival Ballet Theater, speed painter Dan Dunn, the Magic Circle Mime Co., Really Inventive Stuff, and TV personality Randy Jackson. 

A passionate advocate of modern music, Kalia has commissioned and programmed more than 100 works by some of America’s most innovative living composers including Mason Bates, Chris Rogerson, David Lang, Narong Prangcharoen, Harry Stafylakis, and Paul Chihara, among others.  This past year, Kalia commissioned works by Sheridan Seyfried, Paul Dooley, and Brendan Faegre to rave reviews including the Orange County premiere of Austin Wintory’s Journey Suite with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the first-ever video game score to be nominated for a Grammy.  This summer, Kalia will be collaborating with PROECT Trio and New York City-based new music group loadbang in a variety of concerts at the Lake George Music Festival.    

Kalia holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.  At Indiana University, Kalia 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. 

Born and raised in New York, Kalia resides in Southern California with his wife, musicologist/violinist Christine Wisch, and their dog Burney.

board of directors

Betsy Birchenough • Nabil ElDib •  Paul Gilchrist •  Kathleen Kniskern • Phyllis Meader • Edward Pontacoloni • Katherine “Kitty” Verbeck

seasonal staff

Caleb Eick Director of Operations • Jacob Ertl LGMF On Tour Director Rob Rezin Graphic Design Zbigniew Skorko Piano Technician

internship staff 2018

James Probel Recording and Production • Devree Lewis Arts Administration/Concert Production  Zachary Martini Arts Administration  Rose Rutkovsky Arts Administration