The Bowdoin International Music Festival has announced a new String Quartet Fellowship for pre-formed string quartets in anticipation of the 2016 season. It will follow the format of the popular Kaplan Fellowships, created in 2014 in celebration of the festival’s 50th anniversary season.

There are more string quartets forming now than at any other time in history, and there is more music written for the string quartet than any other ensemble, said Artistic Co-Director David Ying.

“I recently read that this isn’t the Golden Age of string quartets, but the Platinum. I’d have to agree,” he said.

The String Quartet Fellowship The String Quartet program is geared to mature, accomplished players at the beginning of significant careers in music, with a focus on the study and performance of string quartet literature. The Fellows will have multiple years of experience playing and growing as an ensemble and will have developed into an incredibly polished quartet.

Unlike other programs, where students are assigned to a single faculty studio, Fellows are considered “students of the festival.” The Fellows collaborate with faculty to create an individualized program of significant training with artist instructors and chamber coaches. Fellows also have the opportunity to have featured performances in the fest’s concert series. The selected quartet will have significant exposure both within the festival and throughout the community. In an effort to make this program accessible to all applicants, every Fellow is provided with room, board and full tuition.

This summer, the String Quartet Fellows will gather alongside the Kaplan Fellows on the Bowdoin College campus to study with the festival’s renowned artist instructors, guest artists, soloists and fellow pre-professional classical musicians from around the world. They will enjoy six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration and performances for audiences in Brunswick and the surrounding region. The Fellows will work with a vast array of musicians from groups such as the Ying, Jupiter, Ariel and Shanghai quartets; the New York Philharmonic; and major conservatories including Eastman, Indiana, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Peabody and London’s Royal College. Together with festival faculty, staff and students, the Fellows will collaborate to present numerous concerts and public educational events throughout their six-week residency.

Artists interested in applying for the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s pre-formed String Quartet Fellowship should apply through the Kaplan Fellowship section on the Festival’s website, bowdoinfestival.org. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 15.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.