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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. 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!

AFA’s Inaugural Summer Gala!

Atlanta Festival Academy is thrilled to announce our first Summer Gala – Shining Stars! This fundraising event will happen on Sunday, June26 at 6pm at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek. We’ll have seated dinner, live band and dancing, silent auction and more in support of AFA’s missions! For more info and to get tickets, please visit our 2022 Gala page.

Apply Now for 2022 Chamber Music Camp and our new Junior Talent Development Program!

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 18 through July 30, 2022. New for 2022, AFA encourages wind quintet instrumentalists and pianists to apply as we expand our range of chamber ensembles!

The Finale Concert’s 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!

Atlanta Festival Academy will also offer a new program for 6 to 10 year old violinists from July 18 to 30, 2022, the Junior Talent Development Program! This new offering will be led by Wei Lin Sigurgeirsson and will feature group classes, string ensemble, master classes, and more. Click HERE to apply now!

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!

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.