Boston, MA 02117

P.O Box 171583

Madeleine Knutson

Madeleine Davidson is a classical guitarist, teacher, and nonprofit leader based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an M.P.A specializing in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College School of Public Affairs, and a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Manhattan School of Music under primary teacher Mark Delpriora. Currently the Managing Director at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Madeleine has extensive experience with community music schools both as an administrator and teaching artist. Her previous roles at the Conservatory include Suzuki Guitar Faculty, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager, Suzuki Theory Coordinator and Assistant to the Director. A member of the Brooklyn Conservatory Suzuki Guitar Faculty since 2010, Madeleine has completed Suzuki teacher training in Guitar Books 1-5 with partial scholarship from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She was on the Suzuki Guitar Faculty at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center and Great Neck Conservatory. While at Baruch College School of Public Affairs Madeleine received a Hearst fellowship in Nonprofit Management, a Hagedorn merit scholarship, and the Kalina M. Bichova MPA ‘05 Award for outstanding academic achievement in the non profit management specialization track. A dedicated advocate for music as a transformative force in communities, Madeleine also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Music Beyond, a nonprofit that provides teacher training, chamber music coaching, and performance opportunities to self taught musicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has won awards and prizes in more than a dozen national and international contests, among which the following prizes stand out: 3rd Place: Tredrez-Loquemeau International Competition, France (2000) 2nd Place: Primo European Contest di Chitarra, Città di Gorizia, Italy (2004) 1st Place: 8th Contest and International Guitar Festival of the City of Taxco, Guerrero (2005) 1st Place: contest “Virtuosismo Guitarrístico” within the 16th International Guitar Festival of Morelia (2006) 2nd Place: III National Guitar Competition “Revueltas 2010“, Durango, Dgo. Since 2001 he has been a founding member of the Guitars Quartet of the City of Mexico, with which he has produced two record productions: “Jícamo a Cuatro” and “… a cinco”, both with original music by contemporary Mexican composers. He has performed at various festivals in Mexico, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Costa Rica, Peru and the United States of America. As a soloist he has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Carlos Chávez Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the cities of Acapulco, Guerrero; Querétaro and Toluca, State of Mexico. From 2005 to the present he is professor of the guitar chair at the School of Music “Life and Movement” of the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center in Mexico City, and at the Conservatory of Music of the State of Mexico.