Bowdoin International Music Festival
Founded in 1964 by Lewis Kaplan and the late Robert K. Beckwith, the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings renowned artist instructors, performers, soloists, and gifted pre-professional classical musiciansto beautiful Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine each summer for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performance. The current artistic directors are David Ying and Phillip Ying.
The mission of the Bowdoin International Music Festival is to prepare gifted young musicians from around the world for a life in music through study with world-class artists, and to present classical music in concerts performed to the highest artistic standards.
What We Do
Students ranging from pre-college to post-conservatory age further their artistic development through a concentrated program of instrumental and composition training with the Festival’s renowned artist faculty. Each summer Festival hosts 250+ extraordinarily gifted students from more than thirty-five states and twenty-five countries. During the school year, these students attend the world’s top conservatories in America, Europe, and Asia.
Who We Are
Musicians from groups such as the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago, Houston, and Dallas Symphonies, and the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, as well as major conservatories like Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana, Peabody, Shanghai, and London’s Royal College collaborate with our summer study participants and present more than 100 concerts and public educational events each season.
Festival alumni include pianist Emanuel Ax; violist Paul Neubauer and cellist Fred Sherry, both artist members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; composers Derek Bermel and Sebastian Currier; prize winners in major international competitions, such as the Queen Elisabeth, Van Cliburn, Munich, Chopin, Fritz Kreisler, Grawemeyer, Naumburg, Montreal, Gina Bachauer, Lionel Tertis, Concert Artists Guild, and the BBC Young Musician awards.