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California Music Center

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


150 Sutter St #262San Francisco, CA 94104 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

For over 34 years, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of nurturing and championing the world’s finest young string players. We seek to develop wider audiences for classical music through public concerts, master classes and community outreach, with The Irving M. Klein International String Competition (The Klein) as our entry point. We want to help sustain and grow the art form, making classical music an everyday pleasure for everyone.


We support these exceptional players early in their careers, assisting them with the development of professional and performance skills, encouraging their community involvement, and providing them performance opportunities and monetary support.

The Klein has enjoyed international acclaim as one of the most prestigious classical music competitions in the world. It’s recognized for the high caliber of the contestants, its unique, nurturing environment, and its commitment to the commissioning of new works. We exist to serve the next generation of string performers, helping them to launch their careers.


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