PBD Associates

PBD Associates, Inc.

PBD Associates, Inc. (Professional Bi-Cultural Development, Inc.) is a non-profit foundation which expands cultural awareness through classical music exchange programs and by the presentation of outstanding musical artists.

Singers, conductors, composers, music coaches, pianists and musical groups are supported by PBD.  Collaborations with several foreign countries and musicians in the United States also help to introduce promising performers.  PBD provides tours, concerts, interviews, publicity and master classes for outstanding musicians.

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John Franek, award winning pianist-composer
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Florin Ormeni┼čan, leading tenor, Europe
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Rio Clemente at the piano, 2014 grant recipient.
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Empire State Youth Orchestra Conductor: Hen Cha-Pyo
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Former Governor James Florio, Kickoff Concert, Second Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, NJ 2014
Former Governor Tom Kean, Kickoff Concert, Second Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, NJ 2014
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Kickoff Concert, Second Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, NJ 2014
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Dr. Deborah Simpson King, Stonewall Chorale
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Scholarship recipient, CA
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Dr. George Markey, Organist
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Masters of Ceremony, Nutley concert
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Luis Emilio Cabrera, Nutley concert
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2015 Scholarship recipient John Franek
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2015 Scholarship recipient Romeo RÎmbo
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Deacon Aurel Para, Romanian Orthodox Church
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Lois Buesser, pianist
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PBD and Gheorghe Costineau
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PBD and Andrei Licaret at West Caldwell Presbyterian Church, February 2013.
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Radu Lupu and Andrei Licaret, February 2013.
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Andrei Licaret with Ambassodor to Moldava and Romanian's Ambassador to United Nations.
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PBD and Romania's Ambassador to United Nations.
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PBD and Andrei Licaret.
PBD sponsored a concert of Lauren Michelle Criddle at the Salvation Army Hall on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Martin Hennessy, PBD, and Lauren.


Victoria Cannizzo, Soprano, PBD Scholarship Recipient PBD with Luis Emilio Cabrera at PBD speech on the Business of Music, held at the Clark Library.
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PBD with Vienna Staatsoper tenor Florin Ormenisan
Scholarship recipient of PBD Foundation

Remus Azoitei, Romanian violinist
Soloist with George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra
Bucharest, Romania
Juilliard Scholarship Recipient
Sponsored by PBD Associates, Inc.
2009 PBD Associates Scholarship awardee:
Miroslaw Witkowski, Polish baritone
2009 PBD Associates Scholarship awardee:
Niklas Sivelov, Russian pianist
Andrei Licaret, pianist
sponsored in recital by PBD Associates 2008
at Romanian Cultural Center, New York City
2009 PBD Associates Scholarship awardee:
Panagiotis Trochopoulos, Greek pianist
Luis Emilio Cabrera, Tenor, Scholarship recipient 2009


Yoko Komori Olson, Artist
Sponsored by PBD Associates in exhibits of her Art 2008-2009
Anthony La Gruth, conductor of Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrei Licaret was sponsored in a piano recital on October 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Romanian Cultural Center in NYC. Pianist Renana Gutman, Secaucus Library, Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 3 p.m.

Epifanio Comis, presented by PBD Associates at Carnegie/Weill Hall in 1992.
Empire State Youth Orchestra, Schenectady, NY; PBD Associates scholarship recipient
PBD with Sicilian pianist Epifanio Comis


PBD with Maestro Michael Buglio of the New Jersey Pops Orchestra

PBD and Victor Asuncion, pianist, with members of the Philipino Choir, Secaucus

Pianist Victor Asuncion, recipient of a PBD scholarship
Patricia Brady-Danzig, founder of PBD Associates
Two PBD scholarship recipients at Drew University with President Tom Kean
PBD scholarship recipient


Concert by Iris Perry, scholarship recipient


Grant recipient Raffaella Lo Castro, Mezzo Soprano

Florin Olimpio won the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions in the the Mid-West.  On the right, Florin sings Count Almaviva at Indiana University.
Sherban Lupu, grant recipient PBD scholarship recipient
Pianist Humberto Quagliata at Carnegie Hall
PBD Associates grant to percussion student Adam Gidixis of Drew University
Two students helped by PBD Associates to gain entrance to Juilliard
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon


PBD, President; Pat De Ferrari, Vice-President, PBD Associates, Inc., Iris Perry, pianist
PBD presents grant to pianist Iris Perry, October 2006


This English Horn was a gift from PBD Associates to the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra
PBD Associates sponsored violinist Rodica Weber at Carnegie Hall

Ion Ionescu, grant recipient
PBD with conductor Helen Cha Pyo, Empire State Youth Orchestra grant recipient, 2005

Empire State Your Orchestra Jazz Band, Schenectady, New York
PBD grant recipient
Ilgin Aka, guest pianist, Carnegie Hall 2004
Concert presented by PBD Associates
PBD Assocaiates scholarship recipient Corey Kotkin

Corey Kotkin receives a PBD Associates scholarship from Pat De Ferrari, Vice-President Dawn Holt Lauber, PBD grant recipient

PBD Associates recipients Corneliu Montano and Christina Necula ready for a New York City recital at Cami Hall

PBD Associates scholarship recipient James Just

PBD scholarship recipient - instrumentalist with Empire State Youth Orchestra

PBD music scholarship to Rutherford High School, NJ principal Robert Berckes
Mari-Opatz Muni, Chair, Opera Division, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  Vocal scholarship from PBD Foundation

Contribution to Caldwell College Music Resource Center

We are supporting RESONANZ - Albany Singer Intensive Festival at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY.