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About CMC

Our mission is to nurture the talents and careers of young musicians from around the world by assisting them with the development of professional and performance skills, encouraging their community involvement, and providing them performance opportunities and monetary support.

CMC also seeks to develop wider audiences for classical music in the San Francisco Bay area through the following activities:

  • The Irving M. Klein International String Competition, a yearly competition which presents the world's finest string players (ages 15-23) to local audiences.
  • Collaborations with other musical organizations to produce concerts and recitals featuring young musicians.
  • Outreach activities into schools and community centers to broaden the awareness of and access to great music.
  • Commissioning new works in connection with its ongoing activities.

Our Founder: Irving M. Klein

Virtuoso chamber musician, master cello teacher, and compassionate friend, Irving M. Klein served as the primary exemplar of his own convictions about musical education. He spent a lifetime in pursuit of excellence in musical performance, and he possessed a rare gift for discerning and supporting the highest motivations in others, so that wherever he lived he was continually at the growing center of a flourishing musical community.

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Board of Directors

A list our our Directors, Members, Advisors and Past Presidents.

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Our History

The California Music Center was established in 1973 by renowned cellist and teacher Irving M. Klein as a unique West Coast center for chamber music training and performance. During its first twelve years, the CMC presented a summer music program in which outstanding young musicians between the ages of 14 and 25 were given concentrated instrumental study under top-flight professional artists...

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