Introducing the 2018 Concert Season

Sundays will present two matinee concerts in Studzinski Recital Hall featuring exceptional guest artists. Sō Percussion will bring their perspective with multi-genre original productions and sensational interpretations of modern classics, while Peter Serkin, one of the most accomplished pianists alive today, presents Mozart and Schumann.

Mondays will feature world-class ensembles including the Brentano, Escher, Jupiter, Turtle Island, and Ying Quartets, joined by faculty in special guest appearances. There will also be a double-feature with the Jupiter and Ying Quartets, featuring Mendelssohn’s Octet, which allows each performer to relish the exuberant musical conversation and virtuosic counterpoint.

Wednesdays fill the intimate Studzinski Recital Hall with the Festival’s commitment to bring world-class performances of chamber music to Maine audiences. Festival faculty, guest artists, and fellows collaborate to explore the vast chamber music repertoire and present patrons with inspiring interpretations.

Fridays showcase some of the Festival’s most anticipated offerings, from chamber music to concertos with orchestra. Can’t-miss selections include the Festival début of renowned cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, playing Tchaikovsky’s concerto-like Rococo Variations and Dvořák’s innovative and exhilarating Violin Concerto performed by violinist Itamar Zorman. Both Hakhnazaryan and Zorman have won the International Tchaikovsky Competition, one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world.

Free Events represent over 90% of Festival presentations, with over 80 free events every summer. These include student performances, lectures, masterclasses, studio classes, community concerts, the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, and many more opportunities to experience the Festival on a deeper level.

Live Steaming, now in its second year, allows audiences to view Festival events on any internet-connected device. Viewers across the globe join Studzinski audiences and witness world-class performances, masterclasses, and lectures. Join the summer experience by bringing live classical music to the comfort of your living room or on-the-go through a smartphone or laptop.

“Each year we wait in anticipation as our Artistic Directors and faculty carefully craft a body of repertoire to inspire us nearly every summer evening. The details are finally here!” said Daniel Nitsch, Executive Director of the Festival. “As has become a signature trademark of the Festival, this season’s repertoire will span eras and genres, presenting a diversity of work from baroque masterpieces to compositions inspired by jazz legend Charlie Parker. We hope to share a wonderful summer of chamber music with our community all over the world.”