Kneisel Hall, in the coastal village of Blue Hill, Maine, is an intensive chamber music school and music festival, providing musicians and music lovers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the chamber repertoire for over 100 years.

Hear what people have to say about their experience at Kneisel Hall

  • Raphael Hillyer, founding violist, The Juilliard String Quartet

    Hearing the final concerts by the students at Kneisel Hall this summer left me overwhelmed by the extraordinary quality of the music making. This must be the best place anywhere for the study of chamber music. Franz Kneisel, who founded the school almost a hundred years ago, would be on very happy man to see his dream realized. Here you have a faculty of great musicians, artist-students at the highest level of talent, and an administration with the vision to provide ideal conditions for study and performance   Players and listeners, we can all rejoice in what this place does for chamber music.

  • cellist, Timothy Eddy, Orion Quartet

    When I first came to Blue Hill (in 1959) I was not very serious or focused on music or cello playing. At Kneisel Hall during that first summer, I heard teenagers just a few years older than me playing great music amazingly well, which started waking me up to the possibilities of music in my own life.

    My second summer at Kneisel Hall was a major turning point in my life as a cellist. I practiced for many hours every day for the first time, inspired by the level of playing and teaching around me, by the exciting prospect of getting to play some of the masterpieces I was hearing, and buoyed by the rapid progress I was making.

    That inspiration, hopefulness, and excitement has carried me since that time, reinforced by other wonderful experiences and more hard work, to a life filled with fascinating challenges and personal fulfillment.

    I'm grateful to Kneisel Hall for providing the environment for me to begin to receive the "passing of the flame," from the music that inspires us and from the many great teachers and great traditions that show us the way.”


  • cellist David Ying, Ying Quartet

    I can honestly say that Kneisel Hall was directly responsible for what I’ve been doing these days. That was the summer I knew that somehow, some way, I would play chamber music as part of, or hopefully all of, my profession. And look what happened....

  • pianist, Murray Perahia

    Playing with other in many groups, hearing master classes by world class musicians- all this created new musical horizons.