“He is one of the most inspirational human beings I have ever known.”

- Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic

“George Mathew is a shining example of my father, Leonard Bernstein's creed that art can 'do work in the world.' He has worked tirelessly through music to move and uplift people.”

- Alexander Bernstein, President, Leonard Bernstein Foundation

transformation through music

George Mathew

Photo © Chris Lee


The Scheherazade Initiative: Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Face of Violence, Featuring Music of Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov at Carnegie Hall, October 19, 2014

Music for the Children of Syria at Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, August 20-27, 2014

Shostakovich for the Children of Syria, Dmitri Shostakovich

Seventh Symphony “Leningrad” at Carnegie Hall January 13, 2014

Launch of the Scheherazade Initiative at the Netherlands Ambassador’s Residence, Chamber Music, Washington DC, December 10, 2013

Guest Conductor, ASM Festival, Opening Concert, Teatro Nacional de Panamá, Panama City, May 30, 2013

Panelist at 2013 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium “Art, Community & Social Justice” March 1, 2013

Featured Speaker at
TEDx KCG, Chennai, India “Music as an Engine for Social Transformation”               March 3, 2012

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time featuring the Ubuntu-Shruti Orchestra and the Dessoff Symphonic Choir, Chris Shepard, Music Director
December 31, 2011

2011 S.T. Lee Lecturer on Social Justice and Public Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

October 3-5, 2011

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
May 4, 5 & 8, 2011
Elgar Introduction and Allegro, op. 47
Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Op. 25
Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op. 61 in D major

“The great works of music come to us from exceptional human beings who saw and understood the human condition as deeply as any one ever could. This vision is what undergirds and lies within the great works of music and indeed, in all great art.  We re-creative artists, musicians in particular, are sitting on an eternal goldmine –  a never-ending store of wisdom and ideas to create afresh the world for which we all yearn – a world of peace, joy, discovery, community, health, environmental balance, sustainability and most of all, of love.”

                                - George Mathew

  Shostakovich for the Children of Syria
  BBC Radio with Matt Wells