Social Program

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

(as per May 13th, 2019)

Dear Guests:

“Order and Chaos” is the chosen topic for our conference this year and life has very fittingly provided us with a taste of the chaos part: due to the inclement weather we are forced to change the location for tomorrow’s social gathering, as being on the water in such cold and wet conditions does not promise to be too enjoyable. In order to bring some order back into the picture, we have collaboratively made the “executive decision” to welcome you to the warm and hospitable Kitano Hotel instead. 

All of the new details are as follows:

May 14th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Kitano Hotel, 66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016 (The Penthouse, located on the 18th Floor).

We are looking forward to welcoming you there to enjoy the amazing NYC Skyline View.​

Cocktail Reception on the Arabella

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the cocktail reception for the Global Insurance Summit 2019 aboard the stunning 157-foot three-masted mega yacht, Arabella, moored in the New York Harbor, just north of Ellis Island.

6:00pm, Tuesday, May 14th

As the Arabella is moored in the harbor, please come to the Manhattan Yacht Club clubhouse ( There will be a smaller vessel available to take guests to and from the Manhattan Yacht Club clubhouse and the Arabella yacht at their leisure.

How to get there:
Google maps directions work well for transportation by car or PATH to arrive at this location. Another option is the Liberty Landing Ferry, which costs $7 each way and has a schedule on their website here:

If you have not registered for this reception yet but would like to be there, please let us know by taking a minute to rsvp here:

Wednesday, May 15th 2019

Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Musical Performances

The evening program for the day of the event includes a cocktail reception and dinner at the Scandinavia House with live performances by pianist and conductor Stefano Miceli, opera singer Demetrios Jussi Tsinopoulos and pianist and conductor, Jestin Pieper.

Stefano Miceli

Portrait of Stefano Miceli with black background

Stefano has established a reputation as one of the foremost Italian pianists and conductors performing today.

As a conductor, pianist and regular guest artist at the most important festivals and theaters in the world he has earned the applause of audiences at Carnegie Hall,  Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Fenice Opera House, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, Donizetti Opera Bergamo, Boston Theatre, Melbourne Arts Center, Bellini Opera Catania, and festivals in Tbilisi, Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Milan, Rome, Napoli, Lugano, Washington, and New Orleans.

Stefano has led to great acclaim many orchestras including the Salzburg Orchestra, Leipzig Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of La Scala, Australian Symphony, La Fenice Orchestra of Venice, European Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Beijing Symphony Orchestra,  Milano Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra of Cluje, Bangkok Symphony, Slovak Philharmonic, Dallas Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, Saigon Opera House Orchestra, El Sistema orchestras,  “Pomeriggi Musicali” Milan Symphony, Moldova Philharmonic and many others.

He has been the principal guest artist of the Cameristi della Fenice (Venice Opera House chamber orchestra), Principal Guest Artist and Conductor of the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig (Germany) and  Conductor-in-Residence of the Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana. In November 2010, Stefano  made his acclaimed New York debut as soloist and conductor at Carnegie Hall with stirring performances of  his Piazzolla’s Four Seasons’ arrangement for piano and orchestra and Wagner and Rossini masterpieces.

In addition to his performing career, Stefano is dedicated to the promulgation of classical education and talent. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Boston University, University of New Mexico, HCMC Conservatory of Music and Hanoi National Academy in Vietnam, Bangkok University, “J.S. Bach” Music School in Leipzig, Melbourne Conservatory of Music, El Sistema Music Schools in Venezuela, National Academy of Arts in Malta, and Steinway Academy Verona, Italy. He devotes part of his time to serve as Director and Master Teacher for the Music Department at New York’s “La Scuola d’Italia”. Stefano is the Director of the International Summer Piano Camp of Italy “Brindisi Camp” in Brindisi, Italy.

Stefano is the recipient of the Union League of New York’s 2016 Abraham Lincoln  Medal (NYC), the Italian Academy’s 2012 “Bravo! Award” (NYC), and the prestigious Silver Medal from the President of the Republic of Italy (2008, Rome, Italy) for his performances in Italy and for his dedication to education. In December 2018 Stefano was given the “2018 Award of Excellence in Performing Arts” by the American Society of Friends of Teatro All Scala.  In 2015, Stefano led the cultural diplomacy initiative that accompanied the visit by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, to Vietnam. He conducted the Saigon Opera House Philharmonic triumphantly to mark the official opening of cultural cooperation program Italy and Vietnam.

Stefano is Board Advisor at Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, New York. Stefano is proud to be a Steinway Artist (Hamburg Department).

Demetrios Jussi Tsinopoulos

Demetrios was born and raised in Greece. His mother, MarjaTerttu, is Finnish and his father, Ioannis, is Greek. His uncle and aunt (the operatic tenor Antonio Theba and the former Actress and Dramaturg, Paya Veaki, respectfully) persuaded him to try opera as they recognized his vocal potential. One lesson by his uncle was enough for him to become enamored by the Opera, and it led him after his uncle’s loss to study voice at the prestigious National Conservatory in Athens. In addition, he studied the art of acting at one of the highest ranked acting schools in Greece, the Veaki. Demetrios has since worked with numerous distinguished coaches and teachers in Europe and in the USA.

His U.S. debut came in May of 2015 at Carnegie Hall where he held the role of the high priest for “Porphyra, a Grecian Opera” by B. Chrissochos. In 2016, his Lincoln Center debut took place, with Demetrios performing the lead role of Heracles for the historical first performance at the Lincoln Center of the Greek Opera “Olympic Flame” by P. Karousos. In May of 2016, he was honored as the Cultural Grant recipient for 2016 by the American Scandinavian Society representing Finland. Finally, in 2017, he had the exceptional honor of being the main performer for the Finnish Centennial Celebration in NYC hosted by the Finlandia Foundation.

Demetrios has been awarded twice by UNESCO for his contributions to culture and classical music and is currently on a mission, as co-founder of the Hellenic American Opera Company, to spread the beauty of Hellenic Operatic Compositions, ultimately aiming to establish some of them as standards of operatic literature, something which has already seen considerable success since 2017, with the Pan-American Premiere of “Markos Botsaris” at Bard, and numerous other concerts since.

Jestin Pieper

An active member in New York City’s classical music community, Jestin is a concert and collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor, and educator. Jestin has appeared in major venues across the country and abroad. A few highlights include appearances on WNYC and WNPR, and performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Kaufman Center, Opera America, The Long Center, Bates Hall and Harris Hall.

Jestin made his conducting debut in 2015 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center with the Hellenic Orchestra. As an educator, Jestin maintains a piano studio of students, who perform regularly at Steinway Hall. As an arranger, Jestin is in the Library of Congress with the only available arrangement of Mahler’s 4th symphony for two pianos. Jestin currently works as a pianist for the Sherill Milnes Voice experience and IVAI summer music festivals and works as a pianist and Assistant Conductor for Amore Opera, Regina Opera and Chelsea Opera companies. Jestin holds the
organist position at Holy Trinity Episcopal church in Inwood, Manhattan, and is a staff pianist and vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music.

Jestin received his BM magna cum laude in piano performance from Lawrence University, a MM in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing a Professional studies in collaborative piano here at Manhattan School of Music.

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