About Mimir Chamber Music Festival
Founded in 1998, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival features an outstanding collection of performing artists from the world’s leading orchestras, music schools and concert halls who share a love for chamber music. Named for the Norse god of wisdom, Mimir has garnered praise from critics and audience alike, and has been cited in The New York Times and Travel & Leisure Magazine as a summer “hot spot” for Classical music. The 2015 season was recently included, for the eighth time, in The Dallas Morning News’ listing of “‘Top 10’ Musical Events of the Year.”
The 2016 festival marks our 19th season. Mimir’s 12-day format will feature five Mimir Artists’ concerts and two Mimir Emerging Artists’ concerts. This year’s exceptional Mimir Artists will include a familiar cast of Grammy Award nominated recording artists, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony, Nashville Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Melbourne Conservatory of Music, and the Rice University Shepherd School of Music.
Emerging Artists ensembles will be selected by international audition for participation in the festival, and will receive intensive daily instruction, participate in public master classes, and present full-length performances. Selecting pre-formed ensembles will enable Mimir’s impact to be long lasting as these groups chart their careers.
The Festival is generously hosted by the TCU School of Music on the University’s beautiful campus in Fort Worth, Texas. Concerts take place in the Walsh Center for Performing Arts in the PepsiCo Recital Hall. It is an intimate setting, perfect for enjoying the magic of chamber music.
Mimir proudly announces its third season in Melbourne Australia, August 31-September 6, 2015. Fully funded by the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, five artists from the Texas festival will present performances for Australian audiences in Melba Hall, built in 1914 and named after the great Australian soprano, Dame Nelli Melba. One of the quartets selected for Mimir will be sponsored by the MCM to participate in Mimir’s Australian residency. While Mimir is firmly rooted in Fort Worth, its expansion to the Southern Hemisphere enables the Festival to lengthen its reach and notoriety on a global scale.