For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. The Sarasota Music Festival is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent that carries a reputation as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation.
Nearly 500 students from top music programs at colleges and conservatories worldwide audition to participate in the Festival each year, but only 58 are accepted. These exceptional students work side-by-side with a group of 40 music masters, which comprise the guest faculty. In any given day during the Festival, a student may rehearse in a faculty-coached ensemble, play in master classes and perform on stage. Interspersed, are rare opportunities for the public to hear these visiting artists rehearse or perform together.