Sir Gilbert Levine was close friends with John Paul II for 17 years and is known as the Pope’s Maestro. He has conducted orchestra’s in some of the world’s greatest concert halls. He is Knight-Commander of the Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great, the highest pontifical honor given to a non-ecclesiastical musician since Mozart. He has received Krakow’s Millennium Gold Medallion in 2000 and was bestowed Silver Star of St Gregory by Benedict XVI. Sir Gilbert Levine created Music for the Spirit series with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has led the PBS concert debuts of several orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the WDR Symphony Orchestra.