The Atlantic Music Festival (AMF) announced its three-week inaugural event that will bring together emerging classical musicians and revered musicians, and composers. The festival, hosted by Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from July 4 through July 24, 2009, will provide fellowships for promising young musicians from all over the world. AMF fellows will work with professionals such as notable American composers Richard Danielpour and George Tsontokis, renowned performers Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, and Benjamin Hochman, and conductors Sarah Hicks and Benjamin Schwartz. 

Following the preview concert on June 27, 2009, AMF will officially open its doors with pianist Benjamin Hochman’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19, K. 459, under the direction of San Francisco Symphony’s resident conductor Benjamin Shwartz. On July 24, Sarah Hicks, resident conductor of Minnesota Symphony, will close the event with AMF Orchestra in their performance of Richard Danielpour’s A Child’s Reliquary with violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson as featured soloists.

During the event the festival will feature special events with AMF fellows performing George Tsontakis’s Gymnopedies, with Tsontakis as their conductor. Composer Richard Danielpour will be present when AMF fellows present a night of his music. Grammy nominated saxophonist Steve Slagle and composer Richard Sussman will bring jazz to AMF on July 5th and 12th.

Talented international AMF fellows were selected after competitive auditions. Fellows will participate in master classes, orchestras, and chamber ensembles during the three-week event. In collaboration with prestigious guest artists, the AMF Orchestra and chamber ensembles, as well as individual fellows, will perform gratis concerts nearly every evening of the three-week festival that will be open to the public.

In addition to the fellowship program, AMF features The International Piano Institute & Seminar, where pianists study with distinguished guest artists such as Martin Canin of the Juilliard School of Music, Natalya Antonova of the Eastman School of Music, and Bruce Brubaker of the New England Conservatory. The Composition Program enables young composers the opportunity to work under the distinguished American composer, David Ludwig, faculty member of The Curtis Institute, and Robert Cuckson of the Mannes College of Music.

AMF Artistic Director Solbong Kim says, “This festival is about new people, and new music. Our distinguished guests impart their wisdom to the next generation of musicians.” The Atlantic Music Festival is operated by Little Feather Works, a non-profit organization dedicated to empower young musicians of promise.

To learn more about AMF and its distinguished participants, please visit www.atlanticmusicfestival.org