"remarkable" - The New York Times
"an executive" - The Los Angeles Times
JD Hixson was raised in a family of military and intelligence heroes who instilled in him a taste for strategic thinking and bold tactical flair. Early on, he found an outlet for this in classical music and enjoyed many years in that field after earning master and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School as well as studying in Europe and Russia with legendary conducting pedagogue, Jorma Panula (from whom he also learned a tremendous amount about strategy, tactics and warrior spirit).
Among his adventures, he has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the greatest stages of Europe. He has served as North American Cultural Ambassador to Costa Rica, conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the former haunts of Stalin and, on the side, has pioneered global projects in the fields of internet technology and international data analysis. He has met and performed for Nelson Mandela, John McCain, Henry Kissinger and countless other VIPs while, during the day, he would bring music to those in hospitals, child cancer wards, maximum security psychiatric wards and AIDS and drug rehab clinics.
When 9/11 hit, he began to focus working on the technology and business side of things and collaborated extensively with Arts & Business Councils throughout the US, forging relationships with leaders in both fields, presenting workshops and seminars throughout the country on the innovative techniques of creative business strategies.
Throughout all of these activities, one constant was the theme of warrior spirit, the study of which was fostered by countless hours in the karate dojo (or anywhere with enough space to train kata) and the intensive study of texts on warrior strategies and tactics, from both the East and the West.
Retired from classical music but motivated by performance in many fields, for several years he has been a proud member of a community forged by one of his primary mentors, former US Navy SEAL Commander and human development expert Mark Divine. The group includes thought leaders from the fields of neuroscience, business, sport psychology and SpecOps. He is certified in the foundations of Cmdr. Divine’s groundbreaking Unbeatable Mind approach and is also a student of Jocko Willink’s Echelon Front.
As leader, educator and coach, he has been based for over a decade in Tokyo. Currently, he is at work on Warriordom the book, running around this big city coaching extraordinarily talented individuals and organizations, and raising his two sons.