Southampton Arts Festival
Southampton Arts Festival, celebrating its fourth year, is an international music festival featuring today’s leading musicians and promising young students.
The Festival's internationally acclaimed musicians include the winners of the Tchaikovsky, the William Kapell, the Montreal, the Paganini, the Queen Elizabeth, the Wieniawski, the Munic, the Belgrade, and the Budapest international competitions. The Festival will also include musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony, to name a few.
This year the Festival is excited to present Bach piano and violin concertos performed by the International Chamber Soloist chamber orchestra. In addition, the Festival is thrilled to announceone of the most celebrated musicians of our time, will be our honorary artistic director.
It is the Festival’s goal to combine world-class performances with an extensive educational program, creating an ideal environment for sharing ideas and talents among musicians. The festival offers a two-week young artist program, which includes: chamber music concerts from our distinguished faculty and visiting artists, both private and chamber music lessons for professional students, and master classes, which are open to the public.
In previous years, our Young Artist program has attracted talented students from Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Duke University, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, and London Guildhall University. Many join the program having already won impressive international competitions.
One of the Festival’s primary goals is to bridge the gap between classical music and other art forms by using a variety of mediums. These performances will explore the relationships that exist between music, spoken word and the visual arts. An example of this is the visual art exhibits and literary readings that will thematically accompany a few of our concerts. Serving as a window into other cultures, these performances will create an unequivocally unique experience for the audience.