The Bowdoin International Music Festival has a reputation for helping to train some of the world’s most accomplished classical musicians. Here are a few:

Pianist Emanuel Ax is the most famous alumnus.

Fred Sherry (cello) and Paul Neubauer (viola) are both long-standing members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and have held prominent positions in the music world.

Sebastien Currier (composer) won the Grawemeyer Award, America’s biggest composition prize.

David Coucheron was named concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony at age 25.

Young Ok Shin sings soprano at the Metropolitan Opera.


Composer Derek Bermel is artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, composer-in-residence at Mannes College The New School for Music, and creative adviser to the American Composers Orchestra.

Eugene Carr is founder and CEO of

Hilary Castle is a member of Project 60/40.

Hester Furman is music director at WNYC and WQXR.

Annamae Goldstein, violinist, performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Renee Jolles, concertmistress, performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


David Krakauer is international clarinet/klezmer virtuoso.

Elizabeth Lyon is a member of Mariachi Orgullo.

Sarah Seiver plays cello with Bono and David Byrne.

Peter Shaw, luthier, is president of Amati Violin Shop in Texas.

Kathy Sheinhous is a reed maker and creator of

Tracy Silverman is a leading electronic and contemporary violinist.

Teresa Stanislav serves as assistant concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Deborah Tien performs with Rod Stewart, Joni Mitchell and Bjork.

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