Centuries before stories and poems were first set down in writing, the sister arts of music and storytelling were inextricably linked with one another, filling a deep human need for words to be illuminated, enriched, and enhanced by musical sounds.
Every June, some of the world’s greatest musicians and teachers gather for three highly intensive weeks in beautiful Sarasota to share their wisdom, inspiration, and joy in music-making with a select group of exceptionally accomplished young musicians. The Sarasota Music Festival provides an extraordinary opportunity for young musicians at the start of their careers to refine and deepen their artistry as they make invaluable personal and professional connections. Fellows share the stage with their peers and mentors throughout a dozen different programs of chamber and orchestral music featuring a wide range of repertoire, some of which is selected with the fellows’ input. For more than half a century, SMF has radiated magic by bringing great music to its audiences with the highest degree of passionate commitment and imagination.