KINGSTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Kingston Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 32nd year this summer. The two-week Festival brings renowned musicians together with young, rising artists to perform six exciting, reasonably-priced concerts in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Rhode Island. Kingston Chamber Music Festival also presents special concerts and events in varied settings throughout the year.
In programming the Festival, Ms. Zhu matches the musicians to the music they perform making each concert a delight for the musicians to play and a thrill for the audience to hear. She has collaborated with other festivals to commission new works, some of which have received their world premieres at the Festival.
The Kingston Chamber Music Festival is an independent, non-profit corporation overseen by a volunteer board and a full-time, paid Executive Director.
The first Kingston Chamber Music Festival was held in the summer of 1989 – the brainchild of violinist David Kim. Then University of Rhode Island President Edward Eddy and Dean Richard Gelles were instrumental in the Festival’s founding launching a close and continuing association with URI. Pianist Natalie Zhu succeeded Kim as Artistic Director in 2009.
The Kingston Chamber Music Festival has welcomed hundreds of musicians from around the world, among them violinists Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Sarah Chang, and pianists Gary Graffman, Andrew Litton and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
KCMF is always exploring innovative ways to enhance listeners’ experience of music. Open rehearsals and pre- and post-concert discussions with the musicians are popular with the audience and mainstays of our performances.
As part of its community building approach to musical performance, KCMF annually awards a scholarship to a promising music student at the University of Rhode Island. We also present master classes to aspiring students of music. Our Education Program provides support for string programs in two local elementary schools on a weekly basis.
The mission of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival is to engage audiences with outstanding chamber music; to provide educational
outreach programs to Rhode Island students; and to present concerts at affordable prices.
Pamela Allen Hunter
Olivia Edwards, Festival Assistant
Katherine Loo, Box Office Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elizabeth Marcotte, President
Shaughn Robinson, Vice President
Bingxuan Lin, Treasurer
Pat Moore, Recording Secretary
Kathleen Peterson Hahn
“Year after year, the scope of the Kingston Festival remains an amazing multi-faceted accomplishment, a tribute to Director Zhu’s vision and artistry.”
– Johnette Rodriguez, Wakefield