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“Music@Menlo is a place where musicians, young and old, become friends. There is always the feeling of great musical tradition being passed down through the generations.” — Institute Alumnus
Gloria Chien, Chamber Music Institute Director
Gilbert Kalish, International Program Director
Considered to be among the top-tier summer programs in the United States, Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute is composed of two distinct programs serving the most enthusiastic and talented string players and pianists ages nine to twenty-nine.
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. A hallmark of the program is the opportunity for participants to interact both formally and informally with the best chamber musicians in the world. Main-stage performances and lectures occur almost daily and students have free admission to all events.
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.