International Program, ages 20-30

For Preprofessional String Players and Pianists

Gilbert Kalish, Co-Director
Arnaud Sussmann, Co-Director

This three-and-a-half-week program offers approximately eleven outstanding conservatory-level musicians a multitude of opportunities to develop their technical and interpretive skills under the tutelage of world-class chamber music coaches and educators. Students have a rigorous schedule consisting of rehearsals, coachings, and master classes, culminating in multiple performances on Music@Menlo’s main stages. International Program students are chosen by application and audition to work on a daily basis with the festival’s renowned artist-faculty in an intensive exploration of the chamber music repertoire and to participate in a variety of seminars focusing on the issues and questions facing today’s young musicians. Students are given free admission to all festival concerts and lectures and are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible.

Full fellowship is provided, including housing with host families. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to/from the Bay Area.

A Note About the 2021 Application and Audition Process
September 18, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent cancelation of the 2020 summer festival and Institute, enrollment for all 39 students has been deferred to 2021. Admitted students will have until midnight Pacific Time on December 1, 2020 to confirm their intent to enroll in the 2021 Institute, which is scheduled for July 16 through August 6. Students who decline their offer of admission will be released from the roster and applications will open on December 2, 2020.

With the rapidly changing complexities surrounding COVID-19, it is not known at this time whether the 2021 Chamber Music Institute will take place exclusively online or in-person. Check this page and follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for updated information and announcements.

Thank you for your interest in Music@Menlo!


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