The San Francisco Early Music Society as producer of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is dedicated to fostering the missions and promoting the events of partner early music organizations.
The 2018 Berkeley Festival Artists Performers Series brings students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America together at the Berkeley Festival for daytime performances.Come see the future of early music in action!
The Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, in partnership with the San Francisco Early Music Society’s 2018 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, sponsor a colloquy led by Nicholas Mathew (UC Berkeley) entitled Debussy as Early Music, which will feature two important performer-scholars long associated, in evolving ways, with the early music movement, George Barth (Stanford University) and Kate van Orden (Harvard).
In the afternoon, the world-renowned pianist and historical keyboard specialist Alexei Lubimov will present a recital of Debussy’s piano music on the beautiful 1913 Bechstein piano owned by Berkeley’s venerable Piano Club.
The 2018 Berkeley Festival International Early Piano Competition is a unique competition devoted to the performance of Classical and Romantic music on historically appropriate instruments, co-produced by the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Early Music Society and Valley of the Moon Music Festival, with video and other assistance from Voices of Music. The final round of the competition will be held on June 7th as a public event at the Berkeley Festival, and the winner will receive a cash prize and a chamber music performance with Valley of the Moon Music Festival musicians.