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Q&A with Roger Zare, composition

May 9, 2016

In 2014, in honor of our 50th anniversary, the Bowdoin International Music Festival created the Kaplan Fellowship Program to offer tuition free opportunities for advanced musicians at the beginning of significant careers in music. Now in its third year, the program is a unique offering geared to mature, accomplished players. Kaplan Fellows perform with artis ...

Q&A with Danielle McBryan, oboe

May 3, 2016

In 2014, in honor of our 50th anniversary, the Bowdoin International Music Festival created the Kaplan Fellowship Program to offer tuition free opportunities for advanced musicians at the beginning of significant careers in music. Now in its third year, the program is a unique offering geared to mature, accomplished players. Kaplan Fellows perform with artis ...

Q&A with Justin DeFilippis, violin

April 25, 2016

In 2014, in honor of our 50th anniversary, the Bowdoin International Music Festival created the Kaplan Fellowship Program to offer tuition free opportunities for advanced musicians at the beginning of significant careers in music. Now in its third year, the program is a unique offering geared to mature, accomplished players. Kaplan Fellows perform with artis ...

The 2016 Concert Season

March 30, 2016

It is our pleasure to introduce the Festival’s 2016 season: Re-Invention. In fact the idea of re-invention is always at the heart of composition, performance, and teaching—everything we do at BIMF. It also characterizes the growth process that keeps our Festival relevant and dynamic. The Monday Showcase series features string quartet based programs pl ...

Q&A with Xiaoxiao Du, violin

March 15, 2016

In the past few weeks we’ve spoken with a vast array of musicians, from pianists to violinists, cellists to double bassists. We’ve talked with participants from more than four continents. In that time we’ve learned a lot; such as the amount of love and care these individuals have for their craft and that being a musician isn’t always an easy endeavor ...

Q&A with Boris Abramov, violin

March 8, 2016

We’ve spent the past few weeks exploring the lives and inspirations of various musicians from all corners of the globe. But what happens when the student becomes the instructor? This week we sat down with a former student and now instructor, violinist Boris Abramov, to analyze that very question. Abramov was born in Azerbaijan in 1989 and began studying ...

Q&A with Alexa Ciciretti, cello

March 1, 2016

Every week we continue to dive deeper and deeper into what drives a person to a life of music. This week we spoke with cellist and five time Festival participant, Alexa Ciciretti. Speaking with Alexa was a real treat; after five years she has a richly earned and wonderfully diverse perspective on how the Festival has evolved over the years. An avid advocate ...

Q&A with Joon Yoon, piano

February 18, 2016

Every year Bowdoin International Music Festival brings together over 325 classical musicians, 250 of which are students, for six weeks of intensive chamber music study. These individuals have spent years perfecting their craft and working towards a future in music. Their skills are inspiring, their determination is unyielding, and the music they create is tr ...

Q&A with Teal Vickery, viola

January 28, 2016

What leads someone down the path to becoming a professional musician? What is it that inspires practice, patience, and perfectionism? These are all questions touched on in Beneath the Music; an interview series examining a life in music. In this interview, we sit down with violist and Maine native, Teal Vickery. BIMF: What drew you to a life in music? ...

Q&A with Isac Ryu, double bass

January 20, 2016

This week we sat down with Double Bassist Isac Ryu, a former student who went on to become a Kaplan Fellow at the Festival. We talked about life, inspiration, and the joys of a life in music. Now you can explore all this and more in our interview series with a handful of Bowdoin’s most talented and hard-working students. This is a rare opportunity to get ...