American Pianists Association has selected Peter Mraz as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 1, 2021.
A formally trained classical pianist, Mr. Mraz has provided innovative arts leadership and audience development strategies for nonprofit organizations across the globe. Most recently, he served as Associate Vice President at ACG, overseeing and completing more than 50 engagements for nonprofit arts and culture clients in the United States and Canada, including strategic planning, organizational assessments, and feasibility studies for new and renovated arts and culture facilities. Before joining ACG, Mr. Mraz served as Project Manager for both the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) and London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). During his tenure at the LSO, Mr. Mraz oversaw the United Kingdom premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and the world premiere of a new film score for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. He also managed a number of LSO tours to Europe, India, Abu Dhabi, and China and worked with the LSO Education department to grow the organization’s outreach and education programs. Mr. Mraz expanded the ROH’s program of live outdoor simulcasts to 20 locations around the United Kingdom and initiated the first-ever live stream of a full opera performance from Covent Garden.
A public policy expert, Mr. Mraz prepared Slovakia’s bilateral negotiations with NATO member states and authored policy papers on regional energy and security cooperation in post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a member of OPERA America, League of American Orchestras, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Lyric Opera of Chicago Young Professionals, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Overture Council. After graduating as valedictorian from the Košice Conservatory of Music in his native Slovakia, he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the City University in Bratislava and master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In making the announcement, Board Chair Jean Richcreek said, “Peter’s wealth of experiences is incredibly impressive. With his international reach and connections, his creative and innovative ways of reaching new audiences and supporters, and his international public policy knowledge, he is a 21st century Renaissance man. Peter, too, is a gifted pianist and passionate about the success of musical institutions. We are thrilled that he is joining American Pianists Association as our President and CEO.”
“My first love was the piano, so it’s fitting to find myself here at American Pianists Association,” said Ms. Mraz. “APA is already one of the most respected musical organizations in the United States, and I look forward to building on their success while exploring opportunities for new partnerships. I am especially excited about the upcoming strategic planning in 2022 and opportunities to bring the 2023 Jazz Awards to new audiences as some of the early projects in my new role.”
“Best wishes to Peter Mraz as he begins his tenure as President and CEO at American Pianists Association,” said ACG Vice President Jenna Deja. “ACG was honored to collaborate with the board and staff at American Pianists Association in an unbiased, objective, and competitive search process. ACG is sad to see Peter leave our team but thrilled that he has such a wonderful new adventure ahead. Peter’s extensive international experience and dedication to advancing the mission of American Pianists Association will help inspire future generations of pianists while honoring the tremendous legacy of the organization.”