We are an entrepreneurial team, passionate about the arts and culture, with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

ALBERT IMPERATO

Founding Partner and Managing Director

A native New Yorker, Albert Imperato is a graduate of Stanford University and has worked for more than 25 years in the music and recording industry. Co-founding 21C Media Group in January 2000, he manages the promotion and assists in the career and strategic development of 21C Media Group’s diverse client and artist roster.

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JESSICA LUSTIG

Founding Partner and Managing Director

With more than 25 years in the music business, Managing Director Jessica Lustig brings a global perspective to 21C. Clients have included Google, the World Economic Forum, the Global Fund and the World Bank.

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GLENN PETRY

Founding Partner and Director of Public Relations

Glenn Petry has worked in the music scene – both promoting and performing – for more than 20 years. He co-founded 21C Media Group in January 2000 and has been the Director of Media Relations since its inception. Glenn developed his interest in promoting classical music while touring the U.S. with the experimental rock band Drunken Boat, after which he became a consultant to the classical music industry for a dozen years.

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SEAN MICHAEL GROSS

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Since joining 21C Media Group in 2007, Sean Michael Gross has played a principal role in directing the firm’s business strategy and has helped diversify the company’s services to reflect the ever-changing ways people access information. Mostly notably, he founded and currently oversees 21C’s digital media division. He also represents a number of high-profile artists and institutions on the 21C roster for press and public relations.

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LOUISE BARDER

Senior Publicist and Editorial Director

Louise Barder was born in England and grew up all over the world (including the Soviet Union, Australia, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Poland), living wherever her diplomat father’s postings took her. After graduating from the University of Exeter (UK) with a BA in Psychology, she began working in the classical music world 30 years ago at Novello & Co., helping composers such as Judith Weir and Richard Rodney Bennett to prepare their new scores for premieres. With Stanley Sadie as an early mentor, Louise worked as an editor on a variety of musical publications, including the Musical Times, the Grove Concise Dictionary of Music and the Grove Dictionary of Opera, Radio Times (the BBC’s house magazine), The Strad magazine, and the music books at Oxford University Press – in both its Oxford and New York offices.

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ELIZABETH FILDES

Communications Associate

With a background in performance and film production, Elizabeth Fildes is interested in finding new platforms and audiences for classical music. At 21C, she serves as a communications associate. Elizabeth is an active performer and passionate supporter of new music written for classical voice, having commissioned and performed several new works. Additionally, she is the associate producer of an upcoming musical short film, Dichterliebe: Poetlove, directed by David Paul.

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KATIE GRIFFIN

Project Management Associate

Katie Griffin came to 21C as a music-lover and performer with a focus on opera and vocal music. Originally from the Detroit suburb Grosse Pointe, Katie graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 with a degree in vocal performance. While an undergrad she spent her summers as a young artist at the Lyrique-en-Mer Opera Festival in Belle-Île, France, gaining invaluable experience in the music world. She moved to New York City after school and spent two years as a managerial assistant at IMG Artists, where she worked with some of her favorite artists, including Karita Mattila and Lawrence Brownlee.

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MAX LEFER

Account Director

Max Lefer, a native New Yorker, spent his formative years soaking up the culture of his hometown, while fostering a deep passion for music of all genres. Max went on to receive his B.A. in music from Bard College, where he studied composition and jazz saxophone. His professional career includes work in television productions and publicity (public television, network entertainment and sports) and public radio programming and administration.

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MICHAEL LUTZ

Project Management Associate

Having studied classical piano from an early age, Michael Lutz has a deep appreciation of classical music. He has enjoyed diverse positions within the music industry, developing and leading press, public relations, and retail/radio/billboard promotions. He has worked for various labels and has been involved with projects ranging from eclectic jazz and electronica to dance and pop. 

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SARAH MEANS

Digital Strategist, Digital & Creative Media

Sarah Means pursued her interest in vocal and opera music from an early age. A Rutgers University graduate, Sarah studied classical voice and international relations with a focus on the Middle East and France.

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ADRIAN MERRICK

Senior Strategist & Design Director, Digital & Creative Media

Adrian’s passion for the arts started at a young age, when she began studying piano and dance of all forms. After graduating from Barnard College with a BA in French Literature and Art History, Adrian worked in the non-profit education field, first for the President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, then at the Center for Arts Education. At CAE, Adrian worked on arts programs in public schools and gained experience in arts communication and digital media.

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SARATOGA SCHAEFER

Office Manager

A native New Yorker, Saratoga Schaefer has been involved with the arts since she was a child, when she spent several years singing, playing the drums, and creating short movies. A graduate of Bucknell University, Saratoga has a BA in English with a concentration in Film. Her interests in writing, music, and film often intersect. She has interned at organizations such as WNYC and the Metropolitan Museum, and was a post-production assistant on the documentary Maidentrip. Outside of the office, Saratoga is working on her novel.

Photography © Jiyang Chen

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SARAH SEGNER

Senior Strategist & Operations Director, Digital & Creative Media

A graduate of NYU with degrees in Music Business and Studio Art, Sarah Segner is an avid member and supporter of the performing and visual arts communities. She began playing the violin at the age of 7 and later studied with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist and keyboardist Davyd Booth. Sarah is an active performer, curator, and visual artist, and is passionate about discovering progressive ways to share the arts in our communities. She is also driven to find new and sustainable methods to fund change-making artistic endeavors.

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EUNU SONG

Digital Coordinator, Digital & Creative Media

While growing up in New York City and upstate, Eunu Song developed a passion for bringing together audiences and talent across a variety of musical genres. Eunu studied economics & Asian studies at Cornell University, where she served as the program director for the radio station WVBR-FM and spearheaded alumni and fundraising projects as a violinist in the Cornell Orchestras. She has interned at the 92nd Street Y in its concerts department.

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RACHEL STADLEN

Staff Writer

A London native, Rachel Stadlen’s interests are both musical and literary. Studying the harp from an early age, she attended England’s Purcell School of Music, before graduating with a degree in Twentieth-Century Music from the University of Sussex.

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11 Oct

Congratulations to 21C client @HopeViolin, who was awarded Germany's Federal Cross of Merit yesterday evening! https://t.co/d591El2BFs

4 Oct

RT @Caramoor: Some behind the scenes shots from our photographer @GabePhoto when Daniil Trifonov came to Caramoor to shoot some scenes for…

4 Oct

Watch @daniil_trifonov's video of Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu on @NPR. 'Evocations' is out Oct 6 on @DGclassics. https://t.co/EifhLisYyH

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