Public Performances

Princeton University fully embraces the performing arts as an essential part of its educational mission

An institution that nurtures and values creativity and innovation, Princeton is an increasingly important patron of the arts and music is at its core. Every year, students, faculty, staff and community come together to participate in or enjoy the presentation of hundreds of concerts in every genre. At the heart of our focus are students. Through curricular connections, world premieres, large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations, masterclasses, residencies and one-on-one contact with professional musicians, students’ lives are transformed by musical engagement.

The Music Department maintains an active concert program, showcasing the exceptional talents of its faculty and students: concerts by the Department's student soloists and conservatory-level ensembles, the Princeton Sound Kitchen's presenting new music written by Princeton composers performed by leading contemporary interpreters, and faculty performances in Richardson Chamber Players concerts and solo recitals are just a few of our annual offerings.  

The Princeton University Concerts series carries out a long-standing mission to bring professional musicians of the highest caliber from all over the world to campus. In its 124-year history, the series has presented many of the classical music world's most important musicians, including violinist Isaac Stern, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Emerson String Quartet and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. Today, an extraordinary roster of musicians make their Princeton debuts each season and join this pantheon. Among them are some of the most highly regarded artists of our time, young musicians on the cusp of sensational careers, and riveting performers pioneering new forms of expression.