News & Media

Special Winter Concert with the Ying Quartet

November 30, 2017

The Festival is pleased to present the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet on February 12, 2018 in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus. Artistic Directors David Ying and Phillip Ying bring their Quartet to Brunswick for a special concert in partnership with Bowdoin College. The program begins with Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 74, composed amid ...

You Can Inspire the Extraordinary

November 29, 2017

Dear Festival Friends, Thank YOU for giving me an incredible opportunity that has transformed my relationship with music, not only as a habit and vocation, but also as a means of living and growing among others. Your enduring connection with the Bowdoin International Music Festival helped give me an experience that will influence the rest of my life. ...

Applications Now Accepted

November 12, 2017

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premiere music institutes. The students at the Festival are defined by their dedication, creativity, curiosity, and passion for excellence in music. Applications are now being accepted for our 2018 summer program. In no time at all, more than 250 students from around the globe will be selecte ...

2018 Admissions Tour

October 23, 2017

We are going on tour! This fall, join Festival staff, alumni, and faculty at 16 conservatories to learn more about the 2018 Festival. If you are an aspiring musician or music-lover, stop by the lobby to chat about the 2018 institute, live streaming service, and other opportunities for a life-changing trip to beautiful Brunswick, Maine. Cleveland Institu ...

Introducing Susanne Stover

October 11, 2017

We are happy to announce that Susanne Stover has been hired as the Festival's new Finance and HR Officer. Stover comes to the Festival following a 20+ year corporate career in New York and California, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the New York Racing Association and Chief Financial Officer for Rosa Mexicano Restau ...

Through the Eyes of a Fellow

October 3, 2017

Bixby Kennedy was a clarinet Fellow at the Festival in 2017. Originally from Maryville, TN, Bixby is a fellow of Ensemble Connect where he performs in Carnegie Hall and Juilliard, is a teaching artist in the public schools, and presents community engagement concerts throughout New York City. The recipient of the Grand Prize in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Yo ...

Thank You For An Amazing Summer!

August 4, 2017

We extend heartfelt gratitude to you: our faculty, students, patrons, and community partners, for making this 2017 Festival season an inspirational musical journey. Your participation has enriched the hearts and minds of thousands of patrons during the past six music-filled weeks. Audiences totaling over 15,000 filled venues and classrooms at over 100 con ...

August 4 Program Notes

July 27, 2017

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3  in G Major, BWV 1048 In 1721, Bach was growing weary of his post as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold in the city of Köthen, where he had worked since 1717. Despite the prestige of the post, Bach felt unfulfilled by the scope of the city’s musical tradition, and so he began seeking patronage el ...

August 2 Program Notes

July 27, 2017

LOUISE FARRENC Piano Quintet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 30 Louise Farrenc, née Dumont, was born into an artistic family: the Dumonts, extending back to her great-great-grandfather Pierre and including her brother Auguste, were successful sculptors. Louise, however, took up studies on the piano, where her precocious talent was immediately evident. She ...

July 31 Program Notes

July 24, 2017

FELIX MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13 In 1827, Beethoven’s late string quartets were published, and Mendelssohn, 18 years old, was studying the complex scores voraciously. Although the late quartets of Beethoven were received in most musical circles with skepticism or perplexity, Mendelssohn was keenly moved by them, touched ...

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