PBD Foundation

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.

2011 PBD Foundation Scholarship awardees:
Lauren Michelle Criddle
John Franek

2010 PBD Foundation Scholarship awardees:
Maplewood Chamber of Commerce
Schola Cantorum on Hudson
Luis Cabrera, tenor
Lois Buesser, pianist
Martin Hennessy, "Ruminations" song cycle - world premiere, July 28, 2010
Rafael Helbig-Wurfel (Delsid), 19 year-old tenor, Shasta College, Cascade Theater
Corneliu Montano, tenor
Florin Ormenisan, tenor
Grace Episcopal Church
PEL Trio
Ireland on Parade, 2011
(In collaboration with South Orange Symphony)
Musical Potpourri, 2011
Guests:  Bell Ringers of First United Methodist Church, Somerville
National Concert Hall, Dublin Ireland
Miroslaw Witkowski, Bard Concert
Christina Goodwin, E-card design

2009 PBD Foundation Scholarship awardees:
Panagiotis Trochopoulos, Greek pianist
Niklas Sivelov, Russian pianist
Miroslaw Witkowski, Polish baritone
Victoria Cannizzo, American soprano
Algonquin Arts Center
Resonanz Summer Arts Program
Western Connecticut State University
Tara Kavanagh, Soprano
Emelin Theatre, Inc.
Ronan Tynan Event
Megan Shanley, Flutist
Mina Kim, pianist
Assisi Festival
Irish Echol
Markey Scholarship Fund
Carnegie Hall Societyt
Ago Metro New Jersey
Musical Potpourri, 2010
Guss Hayes and his Band
David Recca, SUNY Purchase
O'Rourke Irish Dancers
Irish American Association of Westchester County


Additional grants:
Lois Buesser, pianist
Luis Cabrera, tenor

PBD is sponsoring 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.
MUSICAL AMERICA ad---2009 edition
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 Foundation Scholarship awardee:
Miroslaw Witkowski, Polish baritone
2009 PBD Foundation Scholarship awardee:
Niklas Sivelov, Russian pianist
Andrei Licaret, pianist
sponsored in recital by PBD Foundation 2008
at Romanian Cultural Center, New York City
2009 PBD Foundation Scholarship awardee:
Panagiotis Trochopoulos, Greek pianist
Luis Emilio Cabrera, Tenor, Scholarship recipient 2009


Yoko Komori Olson, Artist
Sponsored by PBD Foundation 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 Foundation 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 Foundation grant to percussion student Adam Gidixis of Drew University
Two students helped by PBD Foundation 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 the PBD Foundation to the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra
PBD Foundation 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 Foundation
PBD Foundation scholarship recipient Corey Kotkin

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

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

PBD Foundation 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.

2011 Patricia Brady-Danzig.  Site designed by TesslerDesigns.