The Society of the Four Arts has appointed Phillip J. Bergmann as the new head of music and film programming. Executive vice president Nancy Mato, who previously oversaw music and film programming, will stay on with the Four Arts to focus exclusively on art exhibitions, and curatorial projects. Phillip, who began October 3, comes to the Four Arts from Opus 3 Artists in New York, where he first worked as the Classical & Chamber Music Agent, and soon took over as the Midwest Agent for their roster of more than 300 leading North American, and international, performing artists. Prior to Opus 3 Artists, Phillip was hired out of college by Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI), where he worked as an assistant for one year, and as the Midwest Agent for four and a half years.
A musician himself, Phillip holds a Bachelor of Humanities & Arts degree in vocal performance/opera, and Jewish studies, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His love of the arts is deeply rooted, having played piano since the age of 7, performing his first role in a musical in the fourth grade, and attending the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a subscriber with his father beginning at the age of 13.“My earliest musical inspiration was Jessye Norman – I sing because of her,” he says.
Bergman is looking forward to the 2016-2017 concert, film and telecast lineup that is already in place and hopes to get to know members and concert goers to get their reactions and input on what they love to see at The Four Arts. “After working as an agent in the performing arts for 8 years, I am thrilled by the opportunity to continue the great work of Nancy Mato, bringing exceptional artists to the Four Arts – sharing my passion – and hopefully inspiring old and new audience members alike,” said Bergman.