Musical Bridges: A New Approach to
Classical Chamber Music

Melvin Chen is taking the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival to the next level with “Musical Bridges,” a new program of commissioned works kicking off in 2020. The 2019 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival season may be winding down but Director Melvin Chen is already thinking ahead to next season — in fact, seasons beyond that — with […]

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The Sounds of Silents… Silent Films That Is

This year’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival open house features silent films accompanied by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Learn more about how they create this special music. The idea of offering silent films as part of this year’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival annual Open House initially seems strange. Silent films at a festival devoted to […]

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Allan Dean: 35 Years and Counting
at the Norfolk Festival

Trumpet player Allan Dean has a long history with Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He shares some of the reasons why the Festival remains so special. Anyone wanting proof that Norfolk is a special place for Faculty, need look no further than trumpet player Allan Dean. Recently retired from the Yale School of Music Faculty where […]

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Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan:
Why Chamber Music?

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan has played in orchestras, trios, and quartets. Here he talks about the different role a cello plays in each. Wondering what it’s like to be a faculty member at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival? Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, who is back for his second summer, and who is married to Norfolk faculty violist Melissa […]

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Blast from the Past: Concerts à la 1810

Concerts à la 1810 were much different from today’s. Here are five ways concerts à la 1810 were more relaxed. Hint: eating and booing. The relatively restrained classical music concerts of today are a far cry from those of yesteryear. In the 19th century, for instance, it was common for people to talk during performances and […]

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The Miró Archive Project:
Celebrating the Past in the Present

The Miró Quartet brings the Miró Archive Project, a celebration of influential string quartets who shaped chamber music today, to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on July 20. Sometimes repeating the past is exactly the right move to make for the present. The Miró Quartet plans to prove that point as they enter their 25th anniversary […]

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Julian Pellicano On Drumsticks And Batons

Julian Pellicano may have traded his drumsticks for a baton, but his percussion roots are never far from his work on the podium. “I couldn’t be happier than when I’m on the podium. I get to be in the middle of that sound,” he says. “One of the reasons I was drawn to conducting in […]

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One, In A Roomful Of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth kicks off the 2019 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Founding member (and returning Norfolk artist) bass-baritone Dashon Burton talks about the ensemble and his singing. On paper, Roomful of Teeth is an eight-person vocal ensemble that sometimes expands to greater numbers depending on the work. In concert, Roomful of Teeth is a musical […]

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Melvin Chen On Chamber Music’s Hidden Influences

Festival Director Melvin Chen explains why he chose Hidden Influences for this year’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival theme. Director Melvin Chen would like to change that, or at least raise the idea that classical chamber music is not static but rather an art form that is of the world, one whose enjoyment can be expanded even […]

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Pianist Daniel Le:
Why Norfolk?

Interested in a career in performance? Pianist Daniel Le shares why his two summers at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival were so helpful. Pianist Daniel Le (Norfolk ’17, ’18) has one piece of advice about whether musicians interested in exploring the world of chamber music should audition for a place at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival: […]

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Violist Melissa Reardon: From Fellow To Faculty

Violist Melissa Reardon proves you can go home again as she returns to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, this time as a faculty member rather than a Fellow.  Violist Melissa Reardon’s first visit to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival was as a Fellow in 1997. This time around she’s coming as a faculty member and performer. Reardon, […]

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Violinist Ani Kavafian: A Varied Musical Life

Violinist Ani Kavafian shares her thoughts on her storied musical career in this interview with Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Violinist Ani Kavafian knows the music festival circuit — she often performs at seven or eight in a summer — but Norfolk remains one of her top stops. In particular, as a professor of violin at […]

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Violist Atar Arad: The Joy of Working With and Learning From Fellows

Violist Atar Arad has played at chamber music festivals around the world. He talks about the joy of playing with students at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Violist Atar Arad has an immediate answer when asked why he keeps returning to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. It’s the Fellows. “The students are advanced and we get to […]

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Weigang Li and the Shanghai Quartet
Returning to Norfolk After 32 Years

Violinist Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet talks about returning to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for the first time since attending as a Fellow.  The first time the Shanghai Quartet (Norfolk ’86, ’92) came to Norfolk, they were Fellows visiting the U.S. for the first time and barely spoke any English. “The Tokyo String Quartet had […]

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Bassoonist Frank Morelli on
the Art of the Reed and More

Bassoonist Frank Morelli talks about the art of the reed, his Long Island roots, and how he became a world-class player. String players may obsess over strings and swear by one brand over another, but for reed players, it’s all about the reeds. A reed can make or break a performance, says bassoonist Frank Morelli. […]

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Building Community One Note at a Time

Grammy Award-winning horn player William Purvis is a regular at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He shares his thoughts on the Festival community and the intensity of chamber music. Horn player William Purvis starts our conversation about Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with a story. It’s the early 1980s and he’s coming for a weekend residency as […]

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Creating New Music(al) Traditions

Pianist Lisa Moore has been teaching and performing at Norfolk’s New Music Workshop for a decade. She shares why focusing on new music was the right career choice and how other musicians can make the musical leap. Some musicians rely on the past to create their musical futures. Pianist Lisa Moore, faculty with the Festival’s New […]

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Teaching Oboe and… Baseball

Humbert Lucarelli has had a storied career as an oboist and oboe teacher, both at the Hartt School of Music and at Norfolk. He shares some of his teaching tips and how playing the oboe is related to baseball. Humbert “Bert” Lucarelli’s long career started not with a particular musical moment or influential teacher but […]

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It Takes a Village to Make This Festival Happen

Hosting Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Fellows is an integral part of the program’s success and the Fellows’ experience. We talk to two long-time hosts about why they open their home year after year. Most people who come to a Norfolk Chamber Music Festival performance understand that the Festival doesn’t just “happen,” that it takes a […]

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Melvin Chen on the Summer of 2018

It may still be frosty and cold in Connecticut, but Director Melvin Chen is already thinking about summer breezes and what’s going to happen at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for the summer of 2018. By just about any measurement, Chen’s inaugural season as Director was a rousing success. Last summer he expanded the performance opportunities […]

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Forming Friendships While Playing Music

Violist Grace Takeda (Norfolk ’17) learned more than simply how to play outstanding chamber music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also made lifelong friendships.

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Michiko Theurer: Attending Norfolk as an Individual Fellow

Michiko Theurer (Norfolk ’17) was one of eight individual string Fellows chosen to attend the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session. She discusses her experience.

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How Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Helped Us Win an Award

The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) credits attending the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session with helping them win the 2016 Banff International String Quartet competition. Cellist Jonathan Lo explains why.

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Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) On How The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Informed Her Life

It’s been over a decade since Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Music Session, and she’s still close to the quintet she played with that summer. Not bad for a group that was randomly formed by the Eastman School of Music faculty when they were freshman. They called themselves Destino Winds. […]

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Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds Pianist Ilya Poletaev (Norfolk ’04) is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has […]

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