Klein International String Competition

Presented by California Music Center

Sat June 3 10AM-4PM; Sun June 4, 3-5PM


See the classical music superstars of tomorrow today as they compete over two days for cash prizes and performance contracts in one of the most anticipated and exciting music competitions.


At this year's Klein International String Competition nine outstanding young string players aged 15-23 will perform at Hume Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music before a live audience.  Both days will be livestreamed on the Violin Channel.


The SEMIFINALS round (PAY WHAT YOU CAN) takes place 10AM-4PM Sat 6/3. 

Each competitor performs a dynamic 25-minute program including solo Bach, premiere of the commissioned work by Gity Razaz, and a movement from a major concerto. Repertoire will include Bartok, Bloch, Brahms, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Walton, and Tchaikovsky.


The FINALS (PAY WHAT YOU CAN) round takes place 3-5PM Sun 6/4. 

Three to four finalists selected by the jury from the previous day's competition each perform a powerful 35-minute program, including a sonata movement, and more movements from their chosen concerto. Top prizes will be awarded at the end of the programs.


Cellist Coleman Itzkoff (2016 prizweinner) will co-emcee with the Klein's Artistic Director Mitchell Sardou Klein.


Celebrating 38 years of helping the world's top young string musicians gain prominence in the competitive world of classical music, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, produced by the California Music Center, is one of the most beloved and prestigious music competitions in the world. 


Masks recommended, not required.


Pay what you can.

City: San Francisco
Price Range:
Pay what you can.

The Bowes Center

The Bowes Center

200 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States