"a remarkable clarinetist" - The New York Times
Passionate about human performance, JD Hixson holds master and doctoral degrees in musical arts from The Juilliard School and has concertized and taught breath and body around the world for over 25 years.
Recognized early on for a prodigious talent on woodwind instruments that was later applied to music in general as a symphony orchestra conductor, he quickly became impassioned by the art and science of broader-spectrum human performance beyond the relatively confined wonders of classical music.
Among his adventures, he has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as the greatest stages of Europe, served as North American Cultural Ambassador to Costa Rica, conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the former haunts of Stalin and also pioneered global projects related to internet technology and international data analysis in the field of the Arts.
He has worked extensively with Arts & Business Councils throughout the U.S., fostered collaborations with leaders in both fields, presenting workshops and seminars throughout the country on the innovative techniques of creative business strategies.
Of equal importance, he has spent countless hours in saunas and holes in frozen lakes in Finland, on overnight trains to Moscow, consuming late night dinners in Italy and the Berkshire Mountains as well as cooking together on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his conducting mentor Jorma Panula - a great friend of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, known to the world at large for his introductions to BKS Iyengar's books on Yoga and Breathing - discussing breathing, the energy pathways of the human spirit and the power of nature... much more than music, in fact. Mostly, breathing and yoga.
Motivated by intelligence on many levels, for several years he has been a member of a training community forged by performance strategist and business consultant, former Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine. This group comprises global thought leaders in the fields of business strategy, sport psychology, neuroscience and integrative philosophy. This experience has also led to a profound and greatly edifying immersion into the work of Cmdr Divine's own yoga teacher, Gary Kraftsow.
The Breath Yogi approach and the Breathe4Performance projects are definitively inspired and informed by these combined forces.