During the winter of 2020, violinist Tom Yaron was working as a chamber musician on board a cruise ship sailing between Australia and New Zealand. Tom and his piano quintet enjoyed playing together and wanted to set up some performances on land while their ship was docked. They came across multiple venues with exceptional acoustics all along their itinerary, but the process of booking any of them proved to be a lengthy and time-consuming chore. By the time the group received a response from a venue, their ship had already quite literally sailed hundreds of miles away. After failing to secure a particularly attractive (not to mention empty) venue in time for the ship's next docking in Melbourne, a frustrated Tom retreated to his subaqueous cabin to write a business plan for a company that would be able to expedite the venue-booking and performance-planning process for all.
In the months after his return to land, Tom founded Concertize with the idea of further exploring how and where music could safely happen during the pandemic. Shortly after, he joined forces with an old acquaintance, composer Trevor Bumgarner. The pair’s first step was to show that live music could be produced safely in a short time-frame and with limited resources. In early September, Concertize successfully produced a weekend of safe, crowdfunded concerts which raised enough money to support the company’s initial operations and pay the performers and production talent their first paycheck in months.
Several months, thousands of pages of text and databases, and several new team members later, Concertize is finally positioned to make waves in the music industry by being the only company focused on making it easier to make music happen.
Praised for his “sensitive” playing by the Santa Barbara Independent, violinist Tom Yaron has performed in various constellations in North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia as concertmaster of the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Sarasota Festival Orchestra. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and an Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies from the University of Colorado. Mr. Yaron was a founding member of the Ajax Quartet which served as the graduate string quartet in residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He performs with the Boulder Bach Festival, Lincoln Center Stage (Holland America Line), Candlelight by Fever, and the New World Symphony in Miami.
Trevor Bumgarner is a composer who thrives on collaboration and curiosity. From the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, several Off-Broadway shows, co-hosting the Faking Notes Podcast, and scoring and contributing to a variety of films that have been screened all the way from Guam to Tribeca to #2 on Netflix, Trevor can’t get enough of any opportunity to work with friends. Mr. Bumgarner has been a teaching artist with The Juilliard School, Young Composers and Improvisers Workshop, and the New York Philharmonic's Bridge composition program. He was an inaugural recipient of the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship, as well as other accolades including an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He attended The Juilliard School and UNC-Greensboro studying composition and bassoon.
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Ashley Shen is a product designer based in New York City. Ms. Shen has spent the last 8+ years collaborating with founders and cross-functional product and engineering teams designing enterprise products and user experiences. In addition to her work on Concertize, she is currently reimagining the clinical trial experience for TrialSpark, a company that develops software for pharmaceutical research. Previously, Ms. Shen launched customer engagement products and solutions at 247.ai and helped redefine the enterprise meetings and collaboration experience at Cisco WebEx. She holds a BFA in Communications Design from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Culture & Media Studies from The New School.
Kayla Simmering is a corporate director of events and event planning professional. She has extensive experience providing leadership and direction needed for companies to drive the achievement of key business-related meetings and event-related goals and objectives. Ms. Simmering holds over ten years of hospitality industry experience and began her hospitality journey at the front desk as a guest relations agent. She took a detour into revenue management and landed in conference services. Kayla has a Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in Communications with a Minor in Spanish.