Keynotes & Plenary Sessions
Special presentations by renowned speakers from outside and inside of our AT community.
These are special presentations given by outstanding experts who will inspire us, educate and stimulate our curiosity.
Followed by Q&As and panel discussions and definitely not to be missed events.
The Keynote presentations are open to all and will be held in the beautiful setting of the TU’s auditorium.
Keynote & Plenary Sessions Presenters
Prof. David Anderson
USAUSA David Anderson is the Director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Formerly a Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at SFSU.
David has been engaged in a wide range of service, teaching, and research activities. His research centers on understanding how motor skills are acquired, how to promote the development of motor skills, and how motor activity influences psychological functioning. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, presentations, an activity manual, and a popular textbook, and has received significant funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education.
David is an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and serves on several advisory and editorial boards. He is a passionate advocate for the importance of physical activity in optimal motor and psychological development and is committed to promoting efforts to improve early child care, education and health.
B.Ed. University of Technology, Sydney: Physical Education
M.S. California State University, Long Beach: Physical Education
Ph.D. Louisiana State University: Kinesiology
Erik Bendix and Noah Bendix-Balgley
Germany, USAUSA Erik Bendix
As the parent of a budding 4 1/2 year-old violin student, I was expected to learn violin a few steps ahead of my son so I could help him practice. Halfway through Suzuki Method Book 1, Noah zoomed past me and has not needed musical help from me since.
Alexander Technique help is different story, however. Through his growth into adulthood, the process of adapting skills to ever larger instruments and an every taller body did benefit greatly from Alexander Technique support. At first I only brought him to other AT teachers for this, but eventually was able to provide that help myself. He now asks for AT lessons when he needs and wants them. The Alexander Technique has helped me as a parent to stay out of the way of his natural unfolding as a musician.
A modern classical music career can be astronomically stressful and demanding, an easy thing to tie oneself into knots over. Alexander Technique provides a profound way to untangle oneself and to recover one’s openness to fresh musical discovery. It reopens what one can hear.
First Concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker
Considering it his life-long pursuit, Noah Bendix-Balgley has a personal sound that connects with his audience in a meaningful way. Whether he’s leading the Berlin Philharmonic as First Concertmaster, performing chamber music or in front of the orchestra as soloist, Noah’s gift of communication through music has reached listeners all around the world.
As a soloist, Noah regularly appears with leading international orchestras and in recital at the world’s finest halls. Upcoming highlights this season include debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Buffalo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and a play-direct program with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Recent highlights include his concerto debut with the Berlin Philharmonic (play-direct), concerto appearances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra at Schloss Elmau, debuts with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, and extensive recital tours throughout Asia and Europe, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Beethovenhaus Bonn, National Concert Hall Wroclaw and National Concert Hall in Taipei.
In 2016 Noah composed and premiered his own klezmer violin concerto Fidl-Fantazye with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck, a piece which he also performed with the China Philharmonic. Further performance highlights include concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Utah Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Nagoya Philharmonic, a tour with Apollo’s Fire Orchestra performing on period instruments and performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and Alisa Weilerstein.
A passionate chamber musician, Noah performs in several fixed ensembles including a trio with pianist Robert Levin and cellist Peter Wiley and the multi-genre septet Philharmonix featuring members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, which just released their 2nd album on Deutsche Grammophon. Recent and upcoming chamber highlights include performances at the Seattle Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, the Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Zermatt Festival, Le Pont Festival in Japan and worldwide touring with Philharmonix including a multi-year residency at Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
Noah is also a renowned performer of traditional klezmer music, a musical style which has been part of his life since an early age. He has performed with world-renowned klezmer groups such as Brave Old World and has taught at klezmer workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.
London, United KingdomUnited Kingdom Trusted by the world\\\’s leading brands, Lee has a reputation for energetic audience engagement, thought-provoking content, and hilarious delivery. Lee\\\’s audiences learn to sell better, network better and communicate better – and they have fun while they\\\’\\\’re doing it!
Lee had his first Alexander lesson in 1991 and trained with Karen Wentworth 1997-2000 at The Alexander Technique Studio in London.
As an AT teacher, as well as a private practice, Lee has taught at several drama schools, The Actors\\\’ Centre in London and at several global organisations.
Lee was a professional magician for 20 years, is a member of the world-famous Magic Circle and was described by Prince William as ‘absolutely amazing’.
A lover of live theatre, Lee has written theatre works for The Almeida Theatre, and been a commissioned writer at The Royal Opera House. Fluent in Spanish, Lee is very good at playing the piano badly!
In a previous life, Lee was a sales director at News International, and he now combines this background in magic, theatre and sales to give presentations, keynotes, workshops and coaching to firms including Deloitte, Shell, Laing O\\\’Rourke, Roche, EY, Barclays Wealth and HSBC, helping people to become more persuasive and connected, sell more, present better and increase their ability to get their messages across confidently to colleagues and clients.
Over time, Lee was increasingly invited not just to perform magic to clients, but to speak at their events. Realising that this was his \\\’true niche\\\’, in 2010 he became a full-time conference speaker and workshop leader and since then has spoken all over the globe at hundreds of events.
In 2018, Lee\\\’s first book was published – ‘The Busy Person’s Guide To Great Presenting’. In March 2019, it was the highly-commended runner-up in the \\\’Business Book Of The Year Awards\\\’.
He calls it his ‘first’ because he has four more planned in his head. Now, he just needs to find the time to write them…
Dr. Philip Bull
United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dr. Philip Bull is a Consultant Rheumatologist, joint hypermobility specialist, mindfulness champion and bass guitar player. Since retiring full time from the NHS (National Health Service) in 2014 he runs two private clinics and is involved in medical education. Current positions: Consultant Rheumatologist, The Chaucer Hospital, Canterbury & The One Hospital, Ashford Medical Advisor and Trustee, HMSA (Hypermobility Syndromes Association).
He is also involved in Education for Medical Students from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, Junior Doctors and GP’s at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. He is the Education lead for the East Kent Community Rheumatology Nursing service.
Special interests: his main specialty interest is in the Joint Hypermobility Syndromes. He is the instigator of the Kent Hypermobility Network, working with the HMSA charitable trust to improve services for hypermobile patients through education using existing resources. Other interests include gout, soft tissue rheumatism, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.He has experience in medical leadership and works as a mentor on the IQ leadership program for Rheumatologists.
He has a particular interest in mindfulness and how it applies to the wellbeing of health service employees, working in association with the government’s Mindful Initiative leadership team.He has an ongoing interest in the Alexander Technique and has written educational articles and organized events with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.
United KingdomUnited Kingdom Rachael has 20 years’ experience, combing her love for marketing brands, human psychology, and order. With a BSc in Marketing and a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology, Rachael integrates creativity with human psychology to create purpose driven marketing that has a positive impact on business health and society. In addition to leading the STAT rebrand in 2018, she has a proven record of creating integrated marketing strategies for Life Fitness, Bupa, Vodafone, British Airways, Qantas, Ernst & Young, NEC, adidas, Reebok, NSPCC, Now Pensions and News Corporation to name a few.
She’s passionate about helping clients engender positive behaviour change for the betterment of society. Her skills focus on simplifying complex messaging by listening to, and balancing the needs of customers and the businesses owners that serve them. Furthermore, Rachael understands the joy, passion, pressures, and struggles, of being self-employed and running a small business first-hand. In 2015 Rachael left the corporate world and set up Scaffold Coaching, a leadership development consultancy which saw her become self-employed on a part-time basis. In 2020, she reignited her passion for marketing, launching Theodore Communication – a marketing consultancy that helps small businesses and agencies find the ‘aha’ insights, to better connect with their customers.
Gotland, SwedenSweden Wolfgang Weiser, Balance educator & artist trained as an AT teacher in England and Germany between 1993-97 and became over the last 15 years an internationally recognised AT teacher, with qualified educations as well in theatre, circus, ergonomics and pedagogics. He is a member of ATVD, STAT & ATME, has taught the AT at the Theatre University in Stockholm and worked with actors, dancers and musicians all over Sweden. Prior experience includes working as a performer, actor, dancer and juggler since 1984. Now, based on the island Gotland, Sweden he is together with Anna E Weiser running a residential summer project and building an educational art centre for sound and balance. When not standing on his hands or teaching, Wolfgang is doing research about sustainable movement education, where he recently started his PhD studies.