New York City-based concert pianist Yin-Chu Jou was commended by The New York Times on New Year’s Day 2006: “… Classical pianist Yin-Chu Jou and the Youth Symphony for United Nations… travel and play for peace, to promote world peace through music… to find a way to add a social element to musical performance.” At an early age Yin-Chu has become a respected pianist and teacher of young musicians, earning Westchester Magazine’s “2006 Best New Music Conservatory in Westchester, New York” award for her direction of an up and rising community music conservatory and as artistic director to an international foundation dedicated to promoting peace and cultural exchange through the arts.
Ms. Jou has performed extensively, including a succession of three concerts in a Classical Music Concert Series presented by The Greenwich Arts Council, at The Wainwright House in Rye, New York, the 2000 International Piano Festival in Spain, the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation’s 2011 Young Artist Series, and Peace Philharmonic Philippines Foundation, Inc. She was the featured artist during the 40th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations Women’s Guild at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium of the UN Headquarters in New York, where she shared the stage with current First Lady and wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek and the active UN Women’s Guild President Tsu-Wei Chang.
Since 2005, Yin-Chu has been serving as Artistic Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. where she organizes and develops all FAF’s music programming worldwide including international music exchanges and performance tours for choirs, bands and orchestras, some of which involve dance, theater or other related art forms.
Ms. Jou was:
- Co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a project affiliated with Symphony for United Nations led by Maestro Joseph Eger (2006)
- Key organizer of 2009 Friendship Tour to Nepal-India & “Women, Water, & Food Security” Conference in Calcutta, India by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (10/2009)
- Key organizer of a benefit for UNICEF-USA’s Haiti Relief through a combined choral & orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need (4/2010)
- Program director for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child conference at the UN headquarters (4/2010)
- Delegate to UNAOC Doha Pre-Forum, Consultation with CSOs (5/201
Financial Analyst and Accounts Manager
Yan Yu Li joined Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc in 2008. Yan Yu is Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s Financial Analyst and Accounts Manager. She has overseen the development and facilitation for several major projects at the Foundation: The Rhythms of One World, Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Emerging Global Leaders Seminar (Fairleigh Dickinson University), and is the financial advisor of the Executive Director on most financial issues and, especially, on all development issues relating to China (which is a major area of development for the foundation from 2008 to the present). She also reports financial status of the foundation to the Board of Directors on a regular level. Ms. Li works with Mr. Izquierdo to lead FAF’s large intern population each year. Yan Yu has been working in finance for several years since she received her M.B.A. with concentration in accounting and finance from the University of Bridgeport.
Project Manager & Intern Coordinator
Since 2009, Greenwich resident Victor Izquierdo has grown from an intern to holding a management position within Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. Mr. Izquierdo is currently Project Manager and Intern Coordinator. Victor has helped to develop FAF’s Service Ambassadors Program and assists in organizing FAF projects including global cultural exchanges and the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations. He is FAF’s Project Coordinator for the Ecuador Service Project. Prior to joining FAF, Victor worked as a customer banker at Commerce Bank. Victor Izquierdo holds a B.A. in International Studies from Fairfield University and a Professional Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University.
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