Music@Menlo’s 2014 Festival and Institute, which runs July 18-Aug. 9, includes the Chamber MusicInstitute, which provides 11 pre-professional artists, ages 18 to 29, with coaching, training, and performance opportunities. Conservatory-level pianists, violinists, violists, and cellists have been selected from top institutions, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, and Stony Brook University.
The 2014 International Program artists come from the U.S., China, South Korea, and Bulgaria. They are violinists Rebecca Anderson, Jinjoo Cho, Katharina Kang, and Suyeon Lee; violists Andrew Gonzalez and Cong Wu; cellists Jeonghyoun Christine Lee, Jiyoung Lee, and Tavi Ungerleider; and pianists Anna Petrova and Michael James Smith.
Another part of the Chamber Music Institute is the Young Performers Program for gifted musicians ages 9 to 18. Festival audiences can observe the young artists and Institute faculty members interact and exchange ideas in various settings, including master classes on the campus of Menlo School. The sessions culminate in the festival’s Prelude Performances and Koret Young Performers Concerts, which are free and open to the public.