The Bowdoin International Music Festival begins this week in Brunswick. More than 250 musicians from 25 countries are in Maine to study, teach and perform. Over six weeks, established artists and aspiring virtuosos will present more than 80 concerts, including Brahms’ double concerto, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, performed by pianist Yefim Bronfman.

This year’s festival celebrates the musical city of Vienna.

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The festival concert season begins with the Upbeat! concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin campus. Tickets are $30. New York Philharmonic principal oboist Liang Wang will be joined by his colleague Philip Myers, the Philharmonic’s principal horn, in the opening work, Trio in D major, Op. 61 by Heinrich von Herzogenberg.

Violist Paul Neubauer of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will lead a string sextet, Soul Garden, by composer in residence Derek Bermel. Bermel’s awards include the Rome Prize and Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. Rounding out the sextet will be Maria Schleuning and Laura Lutzke, violin; Jesus Gonzalez, viola; and Rosemary Elliott and one of the festival’s top students on cello.

Longtime festival favorite Emma Tahmizian will close out the concert with works for solo piano by Brahms and Schoenberg.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Studzinski, the first Artists of Tomorrow student concert will feature the festival’s top students performing classical works. The student concert program will be announced the day of the concert. Suggested donation is $10.

The inaugural Festival Fridays concert features works by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart performed by an all-star lineup that includes Liang Wang, Ray Chen, the Ying Quartet and others. Lewis Kaplan conducts the orchestra.

Festival Fridays concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. Tickets are $40.

Call 725-3895.