Chamber Music Institute

Institute Overview and Philosophy

Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute offers a rich, immersive experience for the most committed, curious, and artistically driven young musicians seeking the opportunity and inspiration to take their art to the highest level.

Regarded among the world’s leading chamber music festivals for its innovative programming and artistic excellence, Music@Menlo offers string players and pianists ages nine to twenty-nine a unique opportunity to fully engage in a multitude of offerings including performances, lectures, master classes, and other educational events intended to nurture the artistry of the next generation’s most promising young musicians. Excitement, passion, commitment, and the spirit of curiosity are defining characteristics of our participants. Students are immersed in a musical atmosphere like no other, where the entire festival community is engaged in learning about the chamber music art form.

“The Institute really does feel like at least a year’s worth of learning condensed into three weeks, which is at times overwhelming but also incredibly powerful and poignant. The experience will stay with me for the rest of my life.” — Institute Alumnus

We hope our young artists will take away with them the joy of learning, an understanding of what it takes to have a performing career at the highest level, a passion for developing new skills, the ability to listen to a concert as never before, and the knowledge that playing their instrument can not only satisfy themselves but spread the joy and nourishment that great music can bring to the lives of many.

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