Bowdoin International Music Festival

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Bowdoin International Music Festival
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Genre Classical
Dates June 25-August 6, 2011
Location(s) Brunswick, Maine, USA
Years active 1964-Present
Founded by Robert Beckwith, Lewis Kaplan

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is an annual summer music school and concert series that takes place in Brunswick, Maine. Founded in 1964 by Robert Beckwith and Lewis Kaplan as a program of Bowdoin College, it has operated as an independent nonprofit organization since 1997.[1] 55 to 65 faculty and guest artists and up to 275 students perform in more than 80 concerts in the Brunswick area over a six-week period each summer. Faculty, guest artists, and students are all chosen through a highly selective process from among the world's top classical musicians.


The mission of the Bowdoin International Music Festival is to provide gifted young musicians from around the world with an opportunity to study with world-class artists, and to provide Maine audiences with classical music performed to the highest artistic standards.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival's concerts feature distinguished classical musicians from renowned chamber groups, orchestras, and conservatories worldwide, and the extraordinary young musicians who travel to Maine each summer to work with them in the Summer Study program.

The Summer Study program is designed for serious, advanced performers of classical music who are motivated, disciplined, and comfortable with a significant amount of independence.

Concert Series[edit]

During its six-week season, the Festival presents 20 concerts in four professional series and as many as 60 concerts in the Artists of Tomorrow, Community, and Bowdoin Festival Extra series.

Festival Fridays Festival Fridays is the Festival's premier Friday night series presenting traditional chamber music and orchestral repertoire performed by artists from around the world. Concerts feature Festival artists and guest artists such as Igor Begelman, Glenn Dicterow, Joan Kwuon, Joel Smirnoff, Sergiu Schwartz, Emma Tahmiazian, and the Ying and Shanghai Quartets.

Wednesday Upbeat! A mid-week series featuring an innovative mix of contemporary and traditional music in an informal atmosphere that attracts a younger, more diverse audience. The Upbeat! series includes many of the same performers as the Festival Fridays series. It also presents works by the Festival's resident and guest composers, such as Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Robert X. Rodriguez, Huang Ruo, Elliott Schwartz, and Bright Sheng.

Monday Sonatas Duets and solo performances by Festival artists in the intimate environs of Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College Campus.

The Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music The Gamper Festival is a three-day program dedicated to broadening the understanding and appreciation of contemporary composers, both established and emerging. The Gamper Festival offers residencies to prominent American composers; provides opportunities for young composers to have their works performed on the same program as those of established artists; and introduces new music to students.

Bowdoin Festival Extra Concerts and public masterclasses feature resident artists and top participants; lectures feature faculty and guest presenters in venues located throughout Midcoast Maine.

Artists of Tomorrow Concerts in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College Campus featuring participants performing for an audience of their peers, instructors, and the public.

Community Concerts Concerts held at off-site venues, offering our participants additional performing opportunities before appreciative audiences.


  1. ^ Nangle, Hilary M. - Article, Strad Magazine [1],

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