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Upcoming Events

  • New Music Symposium

    October 29, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Studio 113

    Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas discusses her music and approach to composition

  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Pre-concert Panel Discussion: Reflections on Boulez

    Augusta Read Thomas, University of Chicago; Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University; and Joshua Smith, principal flute, The Cleveland Orchestra; moderated by Keith Fitch.

  • Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 4:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Advocate and Mentor 

    CIM New Music Ensemble
    Keith Fitch, director
    Augusta Read Thomas, guest composer
    Joshua Smith, flute

String and Piano Chamber Music at CIM is recognized as one of the most celebrated and pre-eminent programs for the serious study of chamber music in the world. The renowned Artist –Teaching faculty led by Peter Salaff and members of the The Cavani String Quartet, Annie Fullard, Mari Sato, Kirsten Docter, Merry Peckham, and also include Sharon Robinson, Anita Pontremoli, Kathryn Brown and Carolyn Warner. The faculty work collaboratively to offer students a variety of dynamic chamber music career development programs including The Intensive Quartet Seminar, Advanced Piano Trio Program, Sonata Duo Intensive, The Art of Engagement, Rehearsal Techniques Seminar, Apprentice Quartet Program, and The Cleveland Chamber Music Society Outreach Award Program. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Guest Artist Master classes presented by such artists as The Takacs Quartet, Kalichstein, Laredo Robinson Trio, The Juilliard Quartet, The Tokyo Quartet, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Wu Han and David Finkel, and many more. The nurturing and team work atmosphere created by the faculty motivates students to perform at the highest level and as much as possible, with an emphasis on community engagement; presenting live music to local museums, schools, senior centers, and hospitals. Ensembles whose members who have pursued their chamber music studies at CIM include the Omer, Aeolus, Linden, Jupiter, Daedalus, Miro, Afiara, Maia, Biava and Catalyst String Quartets among many others.

A coaching session with the Cavani String Quartet

Guest Artists and Faculty

All CIM students enrolled in chamber music have the opportunity to perform in Guest Artist Master Classes with world renowned artists including members of the Juilliard, Takacs, Tokyo, Guarneri, Cleveland, Ying, Boromeo, Emerson, Miami, Colorado and Brentano Quartets, as well as members of The Beaux Arts Trio, Lincoln Center Chamber Players, KLR trio, Alisa Weilerstein, Orion Weiss and many others.

CIM students will receive weekly coachings as well as participate in master classes with Peter Salaff, Chairman of String and Piano Chamber Music, and members of The Cavani String Quartet: Annie Fullard, violin; Mari Sato, violin; Kirsten Docter, viola; and Merry Peckham, cello; as well as Sharon Robinson, cello (Advanced Piano Trio Program) and Piano faculty members, Anita Pontremoli, Kathryn Brown and Carolyn Warner.

All ensembles are given the opportunity to be coached by a "team" of coaches, one of CIM's uniquely collaborative approaches to the study of chamber music.

Careers in Chamber Music

CIM offers several unique programs for those students devoted to the serious study of Chamber Music (for more details, see special programs, below).

Ensembles whose members did their chamber music studies at CIM have achieved tremendous success and are making wonderful contributions to the music world. Among those ensembles are, The Jupiter Quartet, The Miro Quartet, The Daedulus Quartet The Maia Quartet, The Biava String Quartet, The Fry Street Quartet, The Miami Quartet, The Ying Quartet, The Ennis Quartet, The Afiara Quartet, The Verona Quartet, The Vega Quartet, The Harlem Quartet, and The Cavani Quartet.

Read more about some of the Chamber Music's programs by opening the links below.

Winter Chamber Music Festival    >

Intensive String Quartet Seminar & Apprentice Program    >

The Art of Engagement    >

Thanks to CIM's longstanding and unique relationship with the renowned Cleveland Chamber Music Society, the students not only have access to special guest artist master classes and performances, the Chamber Music Society has also developed a newly inaugurated Outreach Program, in which a CIM String Quartet, Brass or Woodwind Quintet is chosen to perform in eight Cleveland Area Schools and featured in an Young Artist Showcase concert.


Each year, CIM students from the Chamber Music Program choose to prepare for and enter chamber music competitions. In 2009, two CIM Quartets, The Aeolus Quartet and the Linden Quartet (pictured), were First Prize Winners at Coleman, and the Linden Quartet won the Grand Prize at Fischoff. In 2013, the Omer Quartet won the Grand Prize at Fischoff and the Autana Piano Trio is the 2015 Bronze Medal Winner.

Please feel free to contact any of the Chamber Music Faculty for more information.

Special Programs

Intensive Duo Program

String & Piano Chamber Music

Intensive Quartet Seminar

The Apprentice Quartet Program

The Art of Engagement: Connecting to Audiences of All Ages

Meet the CIM Chamber Music & Ensembles Faculty.