Celebrating our 17th season...
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Founding Artistic Director
Born in Vienna, Eric moved with his family to Berlin two years later and began playing the violin at the age of four, making his professional debut at eight. To escape the rising tide of Nazi persecution, Eric's father moved the family to Paris, where, at the age of eleven, Eric entered the highly competitive Ecole Normale de Musique to study with Jacque Thibaud... [read more]
The International Musical Arts Institute of Fryeburg, Maine, is a summer classical music festival which draws upon the talents from a community of classically trained musicians, who range from young professionals and career-bound advanced-level conservatory students to established artists with international reputations. Founded in 1997 by legendary violinist and pedagogue Eric Rosenblith, and his wife Carol, IMAI has attracted more than two hundred musicians over the years, representing some thirty nations on five continents... [read more]
Introducing our new Artistic Director:
A word from Tim Deighton…
Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be involved with IMAI for many years – in my case for all 16 seasons – think of it as a family of musicians. I feel very grateful to have grown up as a sibling in this family. In 1997, when the festival began, I was progressing from musical adolescence (having just finished my graduate work) to adulthood (as a newly minted university professor). Eric Rosenblith, the late patriarch of the IMAI family – and my mentor during my graduate studies – provided all of us with a unique opportunity to grow as musicians, and although I fear I am now a middle-aged musician, I continue to feel privileged to be a member of his musical family.
Tim Deighton is Professor of Viola at Penn State University, where he teaches viola, chamber music, viola literature, pedagogy, and orchestral excerpt classes, and directs the Penn State Viola Ensemble... [read more]