Dr. Emilio Pons (www.emiliopons.com) is a dual citizen of Germany and Mexico. He earned Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, IN, in the USA; an Artist Diploma in piano from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico; and a Juris Doctor degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana School of Law. Since his youth he has worked for numerous governmental, educational and private entities in a variety of capacities. He is co-founder and artistic director of the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy in Germany (www.sg-imfa.com), in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This project has the three-fold goal to revitalize the region through cultural tourism; contribute a haven for the study, promotion and performance of classical music in general -and the endangered art song genre in particular; and provide direct insight to lay persons into the demands and challenges of the creative process in order to encourage a reevaluation and revalorization of the role and worth of artists in society. In pursuit of the latter objective, Dr. Pons is also a contributor to the Art but Fair movement (www.artbutfair.org). As a professional singer, Emilio Pons has performed internationally at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia; Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland; Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark; Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and Prinzregenten Theater in Munich, Germany; Vlaamse Opera, Belgium; Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile; Ópera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, amongst many other venues. Dr. Pons has been a recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, including Mexico’s prestigious FONCA (National Endowment for the Arts), SIVAM (International Society of Mexican Artistic Values) scholarships (2000-2002) and INBA (National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico, as of 2003) and an award-winner of the Irma Cooper (2005), Palm Beach Opera (2005), Pavel Lisitsian (2006) and Hans Gabor “Belvedere” (2007) competition in Vienna. He is fluent in Spanish, German, English, Italian, French and Russian.