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July 10-August 4, 2018
Gilbert Kalish, International Program Director
Arnaud Sussmann, Associate Director
This three-and-a-half-week program offers approximately ten 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. Please note: for 2018, we are not accepting applications from preformed ensembles.
Tuition: Full fellowship is provided, including housing with host families. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to/from the Bay Area.
Schedule: The International Program takes place every day of the week. The typical schedule for weekdays includes:
8:45 a.m. – Roll Call and Announcements
9:00 a.m. – Rehearsal/Coaching
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Rehearsal/Coaching
11:30 a.m. – Break
11:45 a.m. – Master Class or Café Conversation (weekdays only)
1:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Group Activity
2:45 p.m. – Rehearsal/Coaching
4:00 p.m. – End of day
Saturdays and Sundays consist of additional coaching as needed, dress rehearsals, and performances.
Nearly every evening of the festival, two performances take place. At 5:30 p.m., International Program artists perform in a Prelude Performance, which is followed by an 8:00 p.m. main-stage performance featuring the artist-faculty. Concert start times vary between weekdays and weekends. Each International Program artist can expect to perform approximately five pieces of assigned repertoire in ten Prelude Performances, with performances scheduled for every two or three days.