"remarkable" - The New York Times
"an executive" - The Los Angeles Times
JD Hixson holds master and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School and has performed, taught and engaged in successful business pursuits around the world.
Among his adventures, he has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the greatest stages of Europe. He has served as North American Cultural Ambassador to Costa Rica, conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the former haunts of Stalin and, on the side, has pioneered global projects in the fields of internet technology and international data analysis. He has met and performed for Nelson Mandela, John McCain, Henry Kissinger and countless other VIPs while, during the day, he would bring music to those in hospitals, child cancer wards, maximum security psychiatric wards and AIDS and drug rehab clinics.
He worked extensively with Arts & Business Councils throughout the US, forging relationships with leaders in both fields, presenting workshops and seminars throughout the country on the innovative techniques of creative business strategies.
Retired from classical music but motivated by excellence in many fields, for several years he has pursued advanced training in the art of peak performance coaching with the likes of former Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine and NFL master coaches Michael Gervais and Pete Carroll.
This combined approach of elite performance strategies has definitively formed and inspired the Integral Performer™ ethos.
As leader, educator and coach, he is based for over a decade in Tokyo. Currently, he is at work on Integral Performer the book, running around this big city working with extraordinarily talented individuals, cultivating communities and raising his two sons.