Twelve years ago, when OrchestraX founder and artistic director John Axelrod was a mere event planner for Robert Mondavi, he found himself driving through Napa Valley, reflecting on the arc of his young life. Educated at Harvard, where his Houston stockbroker father went to school, Axelrod had flitted from job to job -- from A&R man in the L.A. music biz to band manager to wine marketer -- none of which seemed to quiet an old passion. As he drove through the valley, his thoughts turned to his childhood love of classical music, his teenage conversations with Leonard Bernstein, and his early promise on the piano, all of which now seemed little more than riffs to an unfinished symphony. That early morning in California, he imagined a massive orchestra rumbling to life the... More >>>
John Axelrod: He wanted to conduct his own orchestra; his success doing so has taken him away from it.