Amy Iwano was appointed Executive Director of the University of Chicago Presents in April of 2012, after 18 years as Executive Director of The Chicago Chamber Musicians. Under her leadership, CCM enjoyed a heightened presence in the Chicago arts community, as well as national recognition for its artistic excellence and organizational vitality. Previously, Ms. Iwano served as Executive Director of the Japan America Symphony Association of Los Angeles, and she began her career as administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, a 100-member summer orchestral training program.
Ms. Iwano has been a Board member for Chamber Music America as well as a grant panelist, strategic advisor, and speaker at the annual national conferences and served briefly on the board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. She has been a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and other funding organizations. She is an active contributor to Chicago’s music scene and is currently an Advisory Board member for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and a board member for New Music Chicago.
Ms. Iwano graduated with a BA from Pomona College, where she played harp in the orchestra. She also studied at the Goethe Institute in West Berlin, Germany, and the University of Paris, La Sorbonne.
Amy Iwano is Executive Director of the University of Chicago Presents, after having served in the same capacity for The Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Japan America Symphony (Los Angeles) and as administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. She has served as board member, advisor and grant panelist for numerous organizations.