The Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program, created in honor of Festival Co-Founder Lewis Kaplan, is a fully-funded opportunity for the most advanced musicians at the beginning of significant careers in music. The program offers the full resources of the internationally-renowned faculty and Festival infrastructure for an intensive and extensive exploration of solo and chamber repertoire. Fellows will perform alongside faculty and guest artists in the Festival’s subscription concert series and work with these artists to enhance technical and interpretive skills. The frequent performance opportunities, intensive study, and high standards for entry make the Fellowship program among the most respected in the nation.
As part of the Community Concert series, the Fellows engage with various audiences in non-traditional performance venues such as breweries, coastal resorts, libraries, community centers, care centers, and museums. Through these opportunities and mentorship in outreach, Fellows will widen their reach and identify entrepreneurial ways to interact and grow through music.
Festival artists come to the Festival from the leading conservatories including Curtis, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman, Indiana, Oberlin, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Rice, Royal College of Music, and University of Southern California, among others.
Festival alumni are represented in major orchestras, renowned ensembles, and conservatories worldwide. Notable alumni include Jennifer Koh, Emanuel Ax, Paul Neubauer, Anne Akiko Meyers, James Austin Smith, Derek Bermel, Ray Chen, and many others. Alumni are also represented in chamber ensembles such as the Parker, Dover, Navarra, and Pacifica String Quartets, and Manhattan Chamber Players.
Fellows are defined by their advanced artistry, command of their instrument, and commitment to outstanding musical experiences. A summer at the Festival surrounds Fellows with similarly advanced students while offering opportunities and resources to realize these passions, bring joy through music to the lives of others, and prepare for meaningful careers in the arts.