Leo Besen, Chief of Artistic Development, arrived on July 4, 2005. On hearing young Mr. Besen make his first audible statements the doctor who delivered him said the new guy would surely be an opera singer. However, thus far Mr. Besen’s predilection has proven more for chamber music. In 2008, he began his violin studies with Dorothy Roffman at the Thurnauer School of Music, and is currently a student of Jinah Lee. He has performed in master classes for Weigang Li, Daniel Phillips, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Sharon Roffman. He was Principal Second Violin of the 2019 All-North Jersey Junior High School Symphonic Orchestra, is Concertmaster of the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, was Co-Concertmaster of both the Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra at Tenafly Middle School, and is now a member of the Honors Philharmonic Orchestra at Tenafly High School, where he is in ninth grade. His chamber ensemble from Tenafly Middle School was selected to perform in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 24th Annual Young Ensembles Concert in May 2019. In 2017, he gave a solo performance for the Opening Ceremony of the 15th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress, which was attended by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations from twenty-seven countries from six continents, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is an avid videographer and photographer, and has frequently acted on stage, including prominent roles in full productions of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Macbeth.”