Music@Menlo is an internationally acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by David Finckel and Wu Han as a program of Menlo School, Music@Menlo features unique immersive programming, a roster of world-class artists, and a Chamber Music Institute for emerging and pre-professional musicians. Intimate performance venues and signature offerings such as AudioNotes MP3s, Café Conversations, and the Encounter lecture series offer a wide range of opportunities for aficionados and newcomers of all ages to connect with chamber music in new and innovative ways.
Music@Menlo was inaugurated in 2003 at Menlo School with concerts, lectures, a training program for aspiring professional musicians, and open-to-the-public master classes. All events take place on Menlo School’s campus – View the campus map here.
The mission of Music@Menlo is to engage and sustain an audience for chamber music, programmed, presented, and performed at the highest level of artistic excellence, and to provide deserving young musicians with comprehensive, festival-based educational opportunities.
At Music@Menlo, we are constantly and actively mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of our organizational identity. Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute and Internship programs embrace a diversity of voices and experiences, and are enhanced by the multiplicity of viewpoints within artistic and global contexts. We fundamentally believe that we can become better when we recognize, appreciate, and authentically embrace experiences other than our own.
Much of the music presented by Music@Menlo was born from the Western European classical tradition, which evolved within a society that practiced many forms of exclusion and oppression that continue to impact communities today. We are committed to examining all aspects of Music@Menlo’s programs and services in order to fully understand and represent diverse chamber music traditions and the people who create and present those traditions.
To see a list of past festivals, click here.