Jane Solomon was born into a musical household. Her grandfather was a big band leader in Milwaukee and performed nightly on WTMJ radio. Jane’s mother taught her piano at age five and trips to the Ravinia Pavilion were frequent to hear Alfred Brendel play Schubert or James Levine conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
She studied classical piano with renowned teacher Emilio del Rosario and participated in a contest to play with the Chicago Symphony at age nine. While playing weekly recitals, she studied cello with Nell Novak, a nationally recognized Suzuki award winner. Also, she attended weekly Solfege lessons with Kalman Novak the former director of the Music Institute of Chicago.
In addition to music, Jane studied dance with Trudl Dubsky Zipper who was married to the internationally recognized composer, conductor and activist Herbert Zipper. In addition to teaching in Chicago, Mrs. Zipper taught dance and choreography at the University of Southern California.
Jane graduated from Colgate University with B.A. in Art History and began her business career as a buyer at the May Company. She worked on product launches for Giorgio, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Dior. Next, she worked in New York for Avon Products as a product manager and managed all phases of product development including creative, research, launch plans, storyboards, profitability and competitive analyses.
After moving to the west coast, Jane continued to work in a product management role with an international gifts company and was responsible for over a hundred exclusive products with annual sales of $30M. She participated in buying trips throughout Asia and increased sales and profitability of key product lines by 20%.
In 1992, she married Larry Solomon and a few years later they had two children who are now pursuing careers in music and communications.
For the last 20 years, Jane has been involved with over 100 charities in Music, Health and Education. Some of these organizations include: The Interlochen Arts Academy, Stanford Women’s Cancer Center and The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Recently, she was involved in two Independent films as a Music Supervisor and Co-Producer and works part-time developing real estate.
Although she has held positions in the profit and non-profit sectors, being a parent and supporting the arts have been priorities throughout her life.