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Biography

Opus One by Jim Leisy(Portland, OR) — Since its founding in 1971, Chamber Music Northwest has become one of the most successful summer music festivals in the nation, and now presents concerts on a year-round basis. Each summer CMNW presents a five-week festival season of 30 concerts of top international caliber on the campuses of Reed College and Portland State University, which host two of the region’s acoustically finest and most intimate halls for chamber music. 

CMNW’s Artistic Director since 1981 has been clarinetist David Shifrin, who was awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Prize for 2000. In addition, three other Avery Fisher Prize winners have performed at CMNW: pianist André Watts, violinist Pamela Frank, and string bassist Edgar Meyer. Mr. Shifrin also served as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1992 through 2004. The artists invited to perform in CMNW concerts are among the most sought-after soloists, chamber musicians and recording artists here and abroad. While in residence at Chamber Music Northwest, these artists together create a fl exible “repertory ensemble” of strings, winds, piano and voice, bringing numerous opportunities for programming variety. Chamber Music Northwest is committed to offering the broadest possible range of repertoire, from duos and trios to large ensembles, and from baroque and classical masterpieces to the unusual and rarely-performed, to world and West Coast premieres. 

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