Director, L'Ecole Koenig, Paris, France
Joan Koenig is the founder of Ecole Koenig, a private music Conservatory, in Paris, France. The school is a laboratory for innovative learning, and cultural entrepreneurship. Over the past 27 years several thousand students have benefited from the multi-faceted programs. Many have chosen to make careers in the arts. The school launched the first series of public Jazz Master- Classes in France with Herbie Hancock at the "Bouffes du Nord" theater in 1994. A professional production of "Peter Pan" with children launched a wave of Musical Comedy productions for and with children throughout France. The Ecole Koenig Kindergarten opened its doors in 2008, becoming the first musical and artistic preschool in France. Ms. Koenig began playing the piano when she was five years old, followed by the flute. She holds a degree from the Juilliard School and pursued her studies in France with Alain Marion.