Music@Menlo’s Young Performers Program provides an incomparable experience for some of the most outstanding young musicians from across the country and abroad. Designed for enthusiastic and dedicated string players and pianists ages nine to eighteen, the program immerses students in a rigorous, nurturing environment that includes numerous rehearsals and coachings six days a week. Each participant will explore three pieces of repertoire, culminating in weekly performances. The daily schedule includes master classes focused on the chamber music repertoire and Café Conversations featuring the festival’s world-renowned visiting artists discussing a variety of topics related to music and the arts. Coachings with the core teaching faculty are the central focus of each day, and additional sessions with visiting artists enhance the Institute experience for each student. Students are given free admission to all festival concerts and lectures and are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible.