Founders Message

It is with immense excitement and pleasure that we welcome you to the first season of ChamberFest West. Chamber music has always been central to our lives and our inaugural Calgary chamber festival is a dream come true. We are thrilled to be sharing it with you.

Summer festivals make it easy to fall in love with music. The close contact between the musicians and the audience, the total immersion in the art, the parties, and the community that develops around music all create a unique experience. We are delighted to bring this to our beloved home of Calgary.

Each of our ChamberFest West festivals will have an overarching theme, framing the diverse and incredible chamber music literature in an enlightening way. Our first theme deals with the celebratory, dynamic, and explosive aspects of birth, youth, and new beginnings. Big Bang seems like the perfect way to celebrate our inaugural festival.

Get ready for ChamberFest West’s Big Bang, July 27th to July 31st!

Warmly,
Diana Cohen and Roman Rabinovich, Artistic Directors

History

Ten years ago, Diana Cohen founded ChamberFest Cleveland alongside her father, lauded clarinetist Franklin Cohen. ChamberFest Cleveland is now one of the pre-eminent chamber music festivals in North America, bringing amazing musicians to Cleveland and creating what has lovingly been dubbed the “chamberhood.” Diana’s husband, concert pianist Roman Rabinovich has performed in the world’s greatest halls and with some of the most exciting musicians on the scene.  Roman and Diana now make their home in Calgary, where Diana serves as Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, and Roman uses Calgary as a base from which to travel. 

ChamberFest West was founded as a charitable society in Calgary 2021. An engaged Board of Directors with diverse skills governs the organization.

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Mission, Vision & Values

Artistic excellence is the foundation of our Festival. 

ChamberFest West’s VISION is that Calgary and Alberta are internationally recognized for chamber music. We aspire to add to the richness of Calgary and continue to put our city on the map as a cultural destination.  Our MISSION is to present an intensive summer chamber music festival that features internationally renowned musicians, explores unique and immersive thematic programming, and creates original, engaging musical experiences for its audiences. This festival will nurture a deep family-like connection between musicians and audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

PROGRAMMING
ChamberFest West is devoted to creating original, engaging musical experiences for its audiences. Each summer the festival will have a theme; this overarching idea will connect each of the festival programs. Our commitment is to explore the great gems of the chamber music literature, cutting edge works of our time, and world music that has informed these genres.

ARTISTS
ChamberFest West will present globally recognized musicians; a multi-generational cast that will include great artists who have made their reputations over decades alongside the most extraordinary and established young stars.

RISING STAR PROGRAM
Our “Rising Star” program will provide invaluable study and outreach opportunities to exceptional university students.  

CULTURAL EQUITY STATEMENT
ChamberFest West is mindful of the myriad and long-lasting benefits the arts bring to individuals and communities; at the same time CFW is aware these benefits are not enjoyed equally.

ChamberFest West is committed to creating a culture that celebrates chamber music in ways that foster and promote enhanced individual and community access and engagement, especially among those segments of the community historically underrepresented in the chamber music world.

ChamberFest West is committed to intentionally investing time and resources to develop and sustain policies, procedures, practices, and programming that mitigate traditional barriers to involvement in chamber music.

ChamberFest West is committed to including diversity, equity and inclusion as guiding principles in its decision making and strategic planning, while remaining true to its artistic vision.

ChamberFest West recognizes that achieving cultural equity takes time, commitment, resources, on-going learning, and openness to change.

Extraordinary Performances

Board

ChamberFest West Society’s Board members have been recruited for their strong financial and managerial stewardship.

Board of Directors

  • Heather Bourne
    Chairman

  • Diana Cohen
    Co-Founder

  • Brenda Erskine
    Director

  • Peter Feldstein
    Director

  • Robyn Gurofsky
    Vice Chairman and Secretary

  • Veronica McDermott
    Director

  • Roslyn Mendelson
    Director

  • Rick Osuna
    Treasurer

  • Roman Rabinovich
    Co-Founder

  • Dale Meister
    Past Board Member

  • Joan Meister
    Past Board Member

  • Glen Taylor
    Past Board Member

Staff

  • Diana Cohen
    Co-Artistic Director

  • Roman Rabinovich
    Co-Artistic Director

  • Mark Scholz
    Administrative Assistant

  • Shirley Yule
    Administrative Assistant

  • Eric Farnan
    Librarian