Friends

Pia Douwes – Artistic Advisory Board
is one of Europe’s most well known musical stars. She has appeared with great success in the West End, on Broadway, in Vienna, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Essen, Munich  and Amsterdam. She has taken part in over 25 CD productions and was a duet partner with Jose Carreras. Pia Douwes studied in London and immediately began singing smaller roles. Her breakthrough came in 1992 when she originated the role of Kaiserin Elisabeth in the musical ‘Elisabeth’ and has since been closely associated with this role. She has performed Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’ Milady Winter in ‘Three Musketeers’ Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’, the title role in ‘Evita’, and Velma Kelly in ‘Chicago’. Pia Douwes was born in Amsterdam to an arts dealer and social worker. She wanted to be a nurse for mentally handicapped children, but then discovered her love for dance and performing. Ms. Douwes enjoys teaching young performers and her specialty is combining emotion and singing. In addition to being on the Board of kids4kids World Foundation, Pia is ambassador to the following charities: weeshuissrilanka.nl – an organisation which helps Tsunami victims and ingeborgdouwesstichting.nl,  dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

»Music touches the soul of every human being and lets it shine. Especially a child whose soul is still pure and vibrant. But the souls of children in need may be clouded by a shadow. So what could be better than to let children heal other children through music? It helps them take responsibility and be aware of love, joy and brotherhood and build a future together. And that can only have a positive effect on our grownup souls and the souls thereafter.«

Mary Hammond – Artistic Advisory Board
has been the vocal advisor and coach to over 21 West End Shows including Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Billy Elliot. She is an active teacher in the pop and rock industry. Mary Hammond is head of the Royal Academy Postgraduate Musical Theater Studies for young professionals in London. These have given her a wide range of experience in voice training and its different uses. Ms. Hammonds particular interest is voice science and the integration of acting and singing.

»I find kids4kids a wonderful concept as it gives young performers a sense of responsibility to others their own age for whom life has not been so happy. It is an ideal way to combine what they love to do with a sense of responsibility. Music, in its true expression, knows no social boundaries and can feed the soul when it has been neglected, restoring the human in human beings.«

Peter Pearce – Artistic Advisory Board 
is an  internationally respected acting teacher and award winning stage actor who has appeared in television and film. When he himself is not on stage, Peter produces and creates theater projects, conducts workshops and is a highly sought after coach for actors and professionals in New York,
Los Angeles and in Europe. Peter  was the first American member of the German speaking “bremer shakespeare company” where he  performed as well as acted as a co-director of the company. He is currently a member of the acting ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Thankful for the many blessings in his life, Mr.Pearce is committed to service and has been actively involved throughout hislife in many non profit organizations in the United States. His volunteer work involving children has included The Marcia Berman Fund for Music & Young Children, The Children’s Music Network and The Heart Touch Project.

»One of the ideas behind kids4kids World Foundation is about giving young people a chance to empower themselves by inspiring and helping others through the arts – it is an amazing experience and is powerfully rewarding – a child who grasps the concept of making a positive difference in the lives of others will be an adult who cares about the world and people around him and well, isn’t that what life is truly about?«

Christoph Poppen – Artistic Advisory Board 
Conductor, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher: in the international musical world Christoph Poppen has made a name for himself in diverse areas, winning many awards. After successfully leading the Munich Chamber Orchestra for 11 years, he became Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2006. A popular guest artist with various orchestras, Christoph Poppen has appeared with the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Singapore Symphony, Detroit and Indianapolis Symphonies, and the Orchestra of the Royal Danish Opera. His productive collaboration with the Tirolean Landestheater Innsbruck has led to many successful opera projects: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte along with a new production of La clemenza di Tito and a concert performance of Rossini’s Othello. As a violinist, Christoph Poppen has been the laureate of many German and international violin competitions. Most recently the CD Morimur was released: a recording of Bach’s D Minor Partita with the Hilliard Ensemble. He is the father of 2 boys with soprano Julianne Banse.

»Nothing is more important than the education and musical development of children and the elimination of their suffering, as the future of our world lies in their hands. Therefor, there can never be enough initiative in this direction. The idea of kids4kids has in this case a very  original perspective and it is a joy and honor for me to support this.«

Jeffrey M. Trinklein
is an international tax partner with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP newly positioned in NYC after stops in London and Munich. After many years of performing music as an amateur singer and musician, he mostly performs today as a top lawyer in conference rooms and courtrooms around the world. He is father to 3 very musical children.

»In my life, the opportunity to perform has been an early inspiration, a source of pride and a means of reaching goals I never could have expected. I am excited through kids4kids World Foundation to show a new generation that performing will change their lives and give them an opportunity to change the world around them.«