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About Chamber Music Pittsburgh

Our mission is to present world-class chamber music ensembles and soloists, promising emerging artists, and innovative programs; and to foster an appreciation for chamber music in the Pittsburgh community by offering educational programs and experiences.

Chamber Music Pittsburgh (CMP) was established in 1961 by a group of civic leaders committed to providing Pittsburgh audiences with the opportunity to hear the world’s finest chamber music artists. Over the past six decades CMP has continued to realize that vision by presenting an impressive array of the most talented and renowned chamber musicians via its MainStage subscription series, its eclectic Just Summer series, and its newest Pittsburgh Performs series that features local Pittsburgh artists in unusual venues outside of the traditional concert hall setting.

In carrying out its mandate, CMP has been guided consistently by two basic principles: quality and variety. Each year’s programming is a carefully balanced menu of acclaimed chamber ensembles along with the most brilliant emerging groups. The programs have also reflected a balance of traditional musical masterpieces as well as contemporary, intercultural, and crossover compositions.

Chamber Music Pittsburgh remains a vital element of the cultural life in Pittsburgh and is recognized throughout the classical music world. It is one of the most respected chamber music organizations in North America.

Hip Hop Orchestra from the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts performing at CMP’s 60th Anniversary Gala
Photo: Michael Canton

board and staff

Officers

  • Philip Volpe-Monrean, President
  • Timothy Williams, Vice President & Treasurer
  • Shalini Ayyagari, Secretary

Directors

  • Ariadne Beldecos
  • Robert Chiu, MD
  • Jim Cunningham
  • Brian Eden
  • David Harding
  • Dale Hershey
  • Jane MacLeod
  • Joseph Melichar
  • Lea Simonds
  • Jordan Taylor
  • Yurij Wowczuk

Advisors

  • Owen Cantor
  • Jane Downing
  • Ann Felter
  • Arthur J. Kerr, Jr.
  • Arthur S. Levine
  • Kathryn Logan
  • Natalie Phillips

Staff

Kristen Linfante
Executive Director

Amanda Fischer
Director of Operations

educational mission

Consonant with its mission to present extraordinary chamber music, CMP is committed to cultivating an appreciation for the art in students and adults throughout the Pittsburgh community. To this end, CMP has offered educational programs and experiences including masterclasses and coachings with visiting artists, workshops, lectures, scholarships, practice challenges, student lobby recitals, and ticket giveaways.

Since 2016, CMP has also been dedicated to a partnership with Hope Academy of Music and the Arts in East Liberty by way of a free, need-based musical instrument lending library. The library, owned and maintained by Chamber Music Pittsburgh, allows students and families that could otherwise not afford to buy or rent an instrument, the opportunity to borrow an instrument to play and learn on. These students and families also receive free tickets to all Chamber Music Pittsburgh concerts.