Eric Usadi, Music Director of HAF, began his adult life as a violinist. He studied at The Juilliard School (pre-college division) and Manhattan School of Music (post-graduate), and his teachers included Glenn Dicterow, Louise Behrend, Lillian Fuchs and members of the Emerson String Quartet. He also spent 25 years as a research physicist.
Among other appointments he was a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University. He is now thoroughly enjoying bringing great music to a beautiful corner of London.
Jenny is a barrister by training and spent 30 years in industry as an in-house lawyer. In the 1990's she got involved in disability discrimination work which opened up a second career. She now has a portfolio of interests in regulation, equality and social care, in non-executive and advisory roles.
Music is a life-long passion. One of her great regrets is not playing an instrument but she enjoys choral singing and has many talented musical friends. She is a volunteer at the Hampstead family concerts run by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust which brings chamber music to children.
Urmi is a finance professional by trade and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Her passions involve using arts and cultural forums to facilitate social change. She has been involved in a range of projects from raising awareness of mental health issues to writing policy papers promoting gender equality in the workplace.
An advocate of lifelong learning and an eternal student at heart, she can often be found contemplating her next learning adventure.
After completing a BA degree course in Interior Design and Architecture, I worked for Warner Bros at Pinewood Studios as a draughtsman and set designer. However life moves in mysterious directions after which I went on a tangent and entered the estate agency industry here in Hampstead where I have now been for nearly thirty years. Throughout all this time my second love has always been the arts, whether it be drawing, film or music and the opportunity to both support and have an active involvement in the HAF and what it brings to the wider community both within and without NW3 was an opportunity I could not pass up.
Literary Events Director
Valeria is from Puglia, was educated in Switzerland and the UK, and has lived for years in London. She is an author, literary and opera reviewer and creative writing tutor. Her debut novel, That Summer in Puglia, was launched at the Oxford Literary Festival. She’s now writing her second novel. She teaches workshops on the narrative potential of different art forms, including music, a lifelong passion.
After a successful career in management, Valeria gained an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London). She is also a Sloan Fellow (MSc) of London Business School.