While Telluride already boasted many music festivals, the founders of Telluride Musicfest intended something different when they first opened their homes to festival-goers in June 2003. Josh Aronson and Vincent and Anne Mai wanted to create a unique way to enjoy chamber music presented in its intended form, with world-class musicians performing in an intimate home environment.
Josh Aronson explains, "Chamber music was intended for performance in living rooms, salons and private theaters, where two to eight musicians played at parties given by noblemen." Aronson had first hosted chamber music concerts in his New York loft several years earlier, as a way for musicians to give private warm-up concerts before going public. He quickly realized that "audiences love the insider-ness of it, and hearing big time music in a tiny venue is thrilling." He decided that presenting chamber music in private homes in Telluride would be a perfect setting for such experiences.
We're looking forward to sharing the thrill of live chamber music, up close and personal, as we present our concerts in the glorious home of our wonderful partners - Anne and Vincent Mai.