I was in high school the first time I heard the Ritz Chamber Players, and they played a pivotal role in helping me relate to classical music – it was also the first time I heard an all African-American chamber ensemble.
Recently appointed to the faculty of the Yale School of Music, the Brentano Quartet is both a cutting-edge new-music ensemble as well as one of the finest guardians of the classical chamber music tradition.
The first time I heard violinist Benjamin Beilman was in auditions for a chamber music fellowship in which applicants were encouraged to perform chamber music with other applicants as part of their auditions.
As artists, we are students for life, always seeking to learn something new and to create. Yellow Barn, an international music festival, embodies this concept completely and fosters creative learning and music making at the highest level.