California Music Center, producer of the Klein String Competition

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


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

Organization Information

Mission Statement

For almost five decades, 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. The Klein takes place over one weekend each June at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where audiences in-person and worldwide can see the classical superstars of tomorrow!


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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