Conductor Braunstein leads ME2, orchestra of musicians with mental illness

Posted on: January 8, 2013

A report Sunday (1/6) on the BBC News website states, “Ronald Braunstein began his music career at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School and went on to apprentice at the Berlin Philharmonic. His career as a conductor, however, has endured both high notes and low. Braunstein’s professional track was derailed by bipolar disorder. He says his colleagues in the music business seemed little to understand his condition and that he suffered discrimination as a result. Now he hopes to use his talent to help others. He conducts the ME2 orchestra in Vermont where amateur musicians coping with mental illness come together with those supporting their cause to create music without worrying about the stigma.” In a video segment produced by Franz Strasser and David Botti, Braunstein talks at length about his struggle with bipolar disorder and his work with ME2.

Posted January 8, 2013