Lewis Kaplan To Step Down as Artistic Director of Bowdoin Festival After 50 Seasons

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It has been announced today that American violinist Lewis Kaplan is set to stand down as Artistic Director of the Bowdoin International Summer Music Festival – after 50 seasons of service.

Mr Kaplan, 80 co-founded the annual event in Brunswick, Maine, USA in 1964 with Robert Beckwith and has served as a driving force behind its growth from a small summer workshop, to today an internationally renowned festival - presenting over 80 concerts and attracting 250 students and 60-plus faculty from around the world.

The Artistic Director responsibilities, as of next year, will be assumed by brothers Phillip and David Ying – with Mr Kaplan to continue on faculty as an instructor.


Lewis Kaplan currently serves long term Senior Professorships in violin and chamber music at The Juilliard School and Mannes College – his famed students including Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin and VC 'Young Artist' Richard Lin.