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AFA Proudly Announces 2022 Featured Soloist - KEVIN ZHU!

Winner of the 2012 Menuhin Competition and 2018 Paganini Competition, violinist Kevin Zhu will join the Atlanta Festival Academy’s 2022 Chamber Music Camp from July 25 to July 30. During that time he will lead master classes with our violin participants and chamber ensembles, teach several individual lessons, and dazzle with his virtuosic performances! A glimpse into Kevin’s amazing ability and musicianship can be seen in the video below in which he performs several of Paganini’s most challenging Caprices – on Paganini’s own violin!

This 3-minute video provides a thorough overview about the mission and accomplishments of the Atlanta Festival Academy. To watch the amazing individual performances from our 2021 and 2019 concerts please click here.

News and Updates!

Apply Now for 2022 Chamber Music Camp!
Atlanta Festival Academy’s 2021 Chamber Music Camp was an amazing success, and we can’t wait for the 2022 edition! It will take place July 17 through July 30, 2022. Our featured soloist will be Kevin Zhu, winner of the 2012 Menuhin Competition and 2018 Paganini Competition. Applications to our 2022 Chamber Music Camp are now available here!

AFA and Georgia Gives on #GIVINGTUESDAY – November 30

Atlanta Festival Academy is now registered with the Georgia Gives nonprofit support network! We would so greatly appreciate it if you can aid our student scholarship fund by including AFA in your charitable giving this November. Simply scan the QR code to make your donation. Thank you!!

AFA Launches New Youth Orchestra!
In September 2021 the Atlanta Festival Academy started a new youth orchestra, the Atlanta Festival Chamber Orchestra! This new group offers string players the opportunity to explore the rich and challenging literature of the string orchestra repertoire. Students in grades 5 through 12 are welcome to apply! Please click here to learn more about the orchestra, our conductor, and how to audition!

The 2021-2022 Atlanta Festival Academy has THREE different programs!

  • Chamber Music Camp (CMC) welcomes violin, viola, and cello students (for rising 5th to 12th graders). Dates: July 17 – 30, 2022. Daily hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here for more information!
  • Atlanta Festival Chamber Ensemble Competition (AFCEC) Up-and-coming chamber ensembles with musicians ages 23 and younger now have the opportunity to compete for nearly $10,000 in prizes and performances. Please click here to find more information.
  • Atlanta Festival Chamber Orchestra (AFCO) This new youth ensemble meets both in-person and virtually and will have concerts in January 2022 and April 2022. For more information click here.

About Atlanta Festival Academy

The Atlanta Festival Academy maintains its position as the first international two-week classical music festival hosted in the Southeast, and will again attract young musicians, renowned instructors, and world-class performers from around the globe. The festival will continue to be packed with master classes, lectures, workshops, as well as private lessons, chamber music, and orchestra coachings by celebrated teachers from Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The 2019 edition of the festival culminated with two concerts featuring Menuhin Competition winner Chloe Chua. These concerts thrilled nearly two thousand audience members and highlighted works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, Dvorak, and other great composers. We feel sure that the 2022 festival concerts will again delight and engage concert-goers and festival participants alike.

We would like to thank the following partnerships for making the Atlanta Festival Academy so successful.