Martha Bonta

Executive Producer, Live Events and Special Programming, WQXR

Martha Bonta is responsible for shaping WQXR’s extensive live broadcasts, including the groundbreaking series Carnegie Hall Live and season-long partnerships with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.  She is also in charge of cultivating WQXR’s distinctive relationships with the Frick Collection, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Merkin Concert Hall, and she programs WQXR’s offerings at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.  

Martha brings to WQXR more than 20 years of classical music administration experience, spanning both the public and private sectors.  As a vice president at IMG Artists, she oversaw the North American careers of pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Piotr Anderszewski and Murray Perahia and was general manager of the Emerson String Quartet.  

Prior to her time at IMG, she was the Director of Artistic Planning and Touring at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), where she helped conceptualize, plan and program the Society’s artistic offerings both in New York and on tour.  Highlights of her tenure at CMS include the lauded Great Day in New York Festival, Beethoven 2000, and Sound Investment, a celebration of CMS’s history of commissioning new works.  

Her previous arts work includes positions at the New York Philharmonic, the artist management agency Frank Salomon Associates, and Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival.   

Martha holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University and is a cellist, pianist and choral singer.  She lives with her husband, writer Mark Rotella, and their two children in Montclair, New Jersey.