[ Director's Welcome ]

Welcome to Norfolk

Fall 2017

Welcome to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival!  We’ve reached the time of the fall when the leaves are at their most beautiful, and where there are still faint echoes of the many beautiful performances of this past summer.  It is also time to look forward — applications will soon be available for the three programs we offer this summer: the New Music Workshop, the Chamber Music Session, and the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop.  As always, we are seeking the most talented instrumentalists, chamber groups, composers, singers, and choral conductors to work with the illustrious faculty that will be with us this summer.

This year we will be continuing our regional auditions for the Chamber Music Session — please look for us in New York, Boston, Houston, and Los Angeles, as well as in New Haven.  We hope to hear you audition in person at one of these cities – view more about the sessions by clicking the link on the left!

There is an impressive roster of distinguished artists and quartets who will be an integral part of the musical this summer at Norfolk, sharing their knowledge and artistry through their teaching and playing. Our resident ensemble, the Brentano Quartet, will be joined this summer by the Shanghai and Emerson quartets.  Returning favorites include pianists Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, violinist Ani Kavafian, flutist Ransom Wilson, bassoonist Frank Morelli, and clarinetist David Shifrin. Also coming back are violinist Harumi Rhodes and violist Atar Arad, and making their Norfolk debut are pianist Orion Weiss, clarinetist Romie Deguise-Langois and violist Melissa Reardon. It’s a wonderfully varied and exciting group of artists, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing and chatting with them. Our fellows will work with these faculty in coachings, and will perform alongside them on weekly evening concerts.

We hope you will join us this summer – the combination of great friends, great music, and beautiful surroundings is a special one that has inspired musicians and audiences for more than 75 years.

Melvin Chen,