WQXR Names IMG Artists Vice President Martha Bonta Executive Producer, Live Events and Special Programming

(July 26, 2011, New York, NY) – Martha Bonta, a classical music administrator with wide-ranging experience in classical music programming and management, has been named Executive Producer, Live Events and Special Programming, announced WQXR Vice President Graham Parker today. 

In this role, Bonta will be responsible for shaping WQXR’s extensive live broadcasts, including the groundbreaking series ‘Carnegie Hall Live, season-long partnerships with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Met Opera, as well as distinctive relationships with the Frick Collection, Le Poisson Rouge and Merkin Concert Hall.

In The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space – WQXR's innovative multiplatform live event venue – Bonta will envision a diverse range of live events, festivals and artist residencies with emerging and popular classical artists.  In collaboration with the Executive Producer of The Greene Space, Bonta will execute community programming that immerses the live studio audience, as well as an online audience, in the rich classical music life of New York.

“I am delighted that Martha is joining the WQXR family at this important moment of our 75 year history,” said Parker.  “Her well-respected artistic sensibility, deep knowledge of the music and artists, and keen, imaginative perspective makes her an ideal partner to me and resource for our listeners.” 

“It is a dream for me to work in public radio,” said Bonta.  “WQXR’s storied history and commitment to musical excellence, combined with its ambition to define what 21st century classical radio can look like, offer a fantastic opportunity to engage listeners in new ways, and I am thrilled to join the team at this very exciting time.”

Bonta brings to WQXR more than 20 years of classical music administration experience, spanning both the public and private sectors.  As a Vice President at IMG Artists, she oversees the North American careers of pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Piotr Anderszewski and Murray Perahia, among others, and is the General Manager of the Emerson String Quartet.  Prior to her time at IMG, she was the Director of Artistic Planning and Touring at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), where she helped conceptualize, plan and program the Society’s artistic offerings both in New York and on tour.  Highlights of her tenure at CMS include the lauded Great Day in New York Festival, Beethoven 2000, and Sound Investment, a celebration of CMS’s history of commissioning new works.  Bonta’s previous arts work includes positions at the New York Philharmonic, the artist management agency Frank Salomon Associates, and Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival. 

Bonta holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University and is a cellist, pianist and choral singer.  She lives with her husband, writer Mark Rotella, and their two children in Montclair, New Jersey.

Classical 105.9 FM WQXR is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other city venues. WQXR broadcasts essential shows such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings, and Symphony Hall each weeknight. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR also operates Q2, a 24-hour-a-day online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City’s edgier venues. WQXR.org provides essential playlist info for online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos.