Meet the Cincinnati Ballet Artistic staff
The Artistic Staff works to create the beautiful ballet performances Cincinnati audiences enjoy each season at Cincinnati Ballet.
Ms. Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1997, taking immediate steps to raise the company’s standard of excellence by attracting celebrated dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters to the Ballet from the international dance realm.Read more
Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati’s prestigious “Post-Corbett Award” for excellence in the arts. He was named as “A Gentleman Of Style And Substance” by Cincinnati Magazine, and most recently was awarded the esteemed MacDowell Medal by the Cincinnati MacDowell Society.Read more
Johanna Bernstein Wilt joined Cincinnati Ballet in 1981 and danced for 11 seasons before becoming Ballet Mistress in 1992. Since then, she has staged ballets for notable choreographers such as Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, David Nixon, Peter Anastos, Val Caniparoli, and Jessica Lang among others.Read more
Oğulcan Borova returns to Cincinnati Ballet as Ballet Master for the 2015-2016 Season. Borova was born in Turkey, and recognized there as the First Prize Winner at the 3rd National Rotary Clubs Dance Competition. Since then, he has established an international career. His awards include a Bronze Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition (Bulgaria) and “Star Dancer of Turkey,” from the Dokuz Eylül University of Izmir, where he was trained.Read more
Suzette Boyer Webb began her tenure as the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company Manager and Children’s Ballet Mistress in 2011. She is a former Principal Dancer with Cincinnati Ballet. Prior to her return to Cincinnati Ballet, Webb served on the Dance Division faculty at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she continues to teach.Read more
While attending Juilliard Adam Hougland choreographed his first group dance, Beyond, which won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. This piece set his Choreographic career in motion and was quickly taken into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus and The Louisville Ballet.Read more
Cincinnati Ballet is forever indebted to our Artistic Director Emeritus, Frederic Franklin CBE. Freddie’s relationship with Cincinnati Ballet began in 1974, when he joined two former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo colleagues to stage a brand-new production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, which has been a continuing family favorite tradition for 40 years.Read more
Michael Chertock is the Principal Keyboardist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Head of Keyboard Studies Division at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Boston Pops and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Toronto, San Diego, Columbus, Dallas and Utah.Read more
Youngwon P. French
Youngwon has been working as a pianist with Cincinnati Ballet since 2010. She won several first prizes in piano competitions and awards including International Young Artists Piano Competition in Korea, Asia Piano Competition, Montreal Classical Music Festival, and Austrian Society Scholarship Competition in Canada.
Austrian Society Scholarship in 1995 led Youngwon to Vienna to study under Rudolf Kehler, and an internship position at Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) Television and Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna and Salzburg that summer. As a producer, she has been recognized for her creativity, research, and leadership in her own two productions, Tribute Concert to Glenn Gould (1994) and Leonard Bernstein as a Composer (1996) which were broadcast nationwide by CBC/SRC FM and by CKUT FM Radio in Montreal. She was also featured in The Gazette newspaper and The Strat newspaper in Montreal.
Youngwon as a soloist and chamber musician held recitals in Seoul, Buenos Aires, Montreal, and San Diego where she and her husband came from. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with McGill Contemporary Ensemble and G.E.M.S. (Group of the Electronic Music Studio). Also she has world-premiered solo, chamber, and concerto works by numerous contemporary composers such as Brian Cherney, Bruce Mather, Sean Ferguson, John Rea, alcides lanza, and many others.
Della, an award-winning pianist and composer, brings her skill to a soul level, touching diverse audiences in “places where words cannot.” She was honored in Nashville as independent “Instrumental Artist of the Year” in 2008. Her music is delivered with elegance and grace, and reaches deeply within to still and soothe, to uplift and enliven and ultimately inspire the human spirit. Her concerts thrill a variety of audiences, be it it a Steinway showroom, concert hall or church. Ongoing collaborations with chamber musicians and ballet dancers bring a fresh dimension to the experience of her music. Della graduated with honors from CCM with a M.M. in Piano Performance and studied composition with Fulbright Scholar William Waite. She resides in Cincinnati where she is company pianist for the Cincinnati Ballet and pianist for Middletown Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Carmen DeLeone; as well, she continues to compose, her most recent collection entitled “Beautiful Still” is available at dellamusic.com and itunes.