The Derby City Chamber Music Festival is where Beethoven and Bourbon collide, featuring some of the best young musicians both from around the country and right here in Louisville. Founded in 2022 by Louisville Orchestra Principal Cellist Nicholas Finch, our concerts will take place on May 23, 25, and 30 at Second Presbyterian Church. We hope to make this festival a dynamic place for innovation, cross-pollination, and musical exchange, to bring some of the nation’s greatest musical artists to Louisville and to present some of Louisville’s greatest artists to the wider musical world.
We are absolutely thrilled for our line-up for the first year so far (with more to come). The artists include
Violinst Kristin Lee, winner of the Avery Fischer Grant, professor of violin at the Cincinnatti College-Conservatory of Music, and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Violinist Brendan Speltz and Cellist Brook Speltz, of the Escher String Quartet
Violist Luke Fleming of the Manhattan Chamber Players
Violinist Kobi Malkin, concertmaster of the American Ballet Theater
The Louisville Orchestra’s Music director and Musical America’s “Conductor of the Year” Teddy Abrams, performing on the *first* instrument on which he became a wunderkind, clarinet
Violinists Jack McFadden-Talbot and Heather Thomas, Assistant Concertmaster and first violinist of the Louisville Orchestra
Violist Evan Vicic, Acting Principal Violist of the Louisville Orchestra
Pianist Drew Peterson, winner of the 2018 Avery Fischer Grant
Cellist Cecilia Huerta-Lauf, former president of the Chamber Music Society of Louisville, and violist Laura Vicic, co-founders of the NouLou Chamber Players
Yours truly, Nicholas Finch, Principal Cellist of the Louisville Orchestra
Tickets will be free, with a voluntary suggested donation, but we wanted to allow everyone to let us know whether they’d like us to reserve seats for them to ensure that they are guaranteed a spot for the upcoming concerts.
We will have updated information very soon. Thank you so much – can’t wait to take you on this musical journey!
Principal Cello, the Louisville Orchestra