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Bravo! Vail

Vail, CO            

In 1987, founding executive director John Giovando and founding artistic director Ida Kavafian established Bravo! Vail as a public 501 (c) 3 Colorado non-profit corporation. Since then, Bravo! Vail has evolved from a small chamber music series to an international music festival and summer home to the world’s greatest musicians and orchestras. 

During the early years, Bravo! Vail added orchestral performances by the National Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra to the chamber concert series.  In 1989, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra brought national recognition to Bravo! Vail with a summer residency that lasted for 19 years. In 1995, Bravo! Vail grew in national stature once again with the addition of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Flutist Eugenia Zukerman joined Bravo! Vail as artistic director in 1998 and guided the growth of Bravo! Vail with the addition of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1999. In 2003, Bravo! Vail celebrated the arrival of the New York Philharmonic in its Vail debut. Four years later, The Philadelphia Orchestra joined Bravo! Vail, solidifying the current format of top-tier resident orchestras and a stellar chamber music series.

In 2011, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott became the third artistic director in Bravo! Vail’s history. Now in her fifth season as artistic director, Ms. McDermott brings fresh perspective, working tirelessly to assemble the exceptional music-making that includes many firsts, a great deal of fun and much that is fascinating and memorable.

Caitlin Murray joined Bravo! Vail as Executive Director in June of 2018. She has been associated with Bravo! Vail since 2009, most recently serving as the Vice President of Development. Throughout her nearly decade at Bravo she has played an integral role in innovative projects which have led to major programmatic advancements and an ongoing elevation of the Festival’s artistic excellence. She was heavily involved in the initiative to add an international chamber orchestra to the Festival, which resulted in the incredibly successful Academy of St Martin in the Field’s residency beginning in 2016. In collaboration with Bravo’s Education team she helped to institute the Luis D. Juarez Music Award, which provides financial assistance to local music students. She has also been integral in the planning, fundraising, and implementation of numerous projects including the Classically Uncorked Series and The New Works Project.

Through extraordinary performances, dedicated leadership, and generous support from the community, Bravo! Vail has grown from a handful of attendees to one of the world’s premier music festivals. During the summer months, Bravo! Vail touches the lives of thousands of people, many of whom come to the area specifically to experience the musical pleasures it provides and the natural beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Season Finale 2017: A Look Back at Bravo’s 30th Season

Take a look back at the 30th Season and all of the incredible events that made this summer extraordinary. Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us!

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World Premiere of David Ludwig’s Pangaea for Piano and Strings at Bravo! Vail Music Festival

“Pangaea” was commissioned in 2017 by Bravo! Vail in honor of the Festival’s 30th season as part of Classically Uncorked presented by Arietta Wine. Composer David Ludwig wrote of the piece, “‘Pangaea’ was the single huge continent on earth surrounded by one vast ocean over two hundred million years ago—eons before dinosaurs, much less humans.


Aeolus Quartet
Calder Quartet
Lyris Quartet
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Rachel Calin, double bass

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