We believe that performance is at the core of a musician's education. Students at FCMF experience a rigorous yet supportive learning environment that culminates in numerous opportunities to perform for each other and for the public. To get the most out of these opportunities, students receive coachings for several hours each day, as well as participate in sessions that explore music from every angle. Our students learn from each other, and make friendships that last a lifetime.


Violinist Katherine Williamson has been an arts partner of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Rockefeller String Quartet since October of 2013. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Williamson is also currently a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra and spent the summer of 2015 playing in Minneapolis as part of the Mill City Summer Opera Orchestra. Music has taken Ms. Williamson from the rolling hills of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, to the mountains of Breckenridge, to the stage of the Konzerthaus in Berlin. She has served as associate concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra, section violin of the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, and section violin of the Lakes Area Music Festival. She has also been an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and has played as a semifinalist with the New World Symphony. Katherine graduated from Indiana University in December of 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction under the instruction of Professor Mark Kaplan. While at IU, she also studied pedagogy under Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig.

Ryan Mooney started the violin at the age of four with his aunt, Margaret Pressley. He then switched to viola at age 15 and went on to study with Ian Swenson and Jodi Levitz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has attended such music festivals as Roundtop and Tanglewood where he had the pleasure of performing with the Mark Morris Dance Troup at Jacob s Pillow. He was also a fellow of the Carnegie Hall exchange program where he performed with his quartet in Carnegie Hall and on a Central Asian tour. He is a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Quapaw String Quartet. Ryan has a large studio of violin and viola students, and teaches at the Community School of the Arts at UCA in Conway. He is married to Cathi Whaley and is a new father to Carter Emerson Mooney.

Yaira Matyakubova began her studies in violin, piano and composition at the age of six in her native Uzbekistan. During her ten years of study in Uspensky Music School, she appeared as a soloist with the major ensembles of her native country, as well as in Musical TV shows, performing her own compositions on violin and piano. At the age of thirteen she was a Semi-Finalist of Tchaikovsky Youth Violin Competition in Moscow, Russia. At the age of sixteen, Yaira received a full scholarship in Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied violin with Julia Bushkova. Yaira has received her Bachelors Degree from The Harid Conservatory in 2000.The same year she was granted a Presidents Award at Rice University and opportunity to study with Kathleen Winkler. In 2003 Yaira continued her education at Yale University with Syoko Aki. In 2003 Yaira performed in Carnegie Hall with the Members of The Silk Road Project in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, Pinkas Zukerman. Currently Ms. Matyakubova is the Senior Resident Musician at Music Haven and a first violinist of The Haven String Quartet. Ms. Matyakubova is a member of The Knights Orchestra based in Brooklyn.

Geoffrey Robson has been the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and the Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles since 2012. He also performs as a violinist, frequently appearing in the ASO's popular River Rhapsodies chamber series. Robson completed his M.M. at Yale University in 2004, studying violin with Erick Friedman. Robson also worked as a public schoolteacher in New Haven, CT, and has taught violin, piano, viola, and music theory Robson graduated from the honors college at Michigan State University in 2002, where he studied violin with Dmitri Berlinsky and I-fu Wang, and conducting with Leon Gregorian.


July 28th - August 6th

UALR - Fine Arts Building



                    Registration for 2017 has been EXTENDED. Deadline to apply is June 1st. Apply HERE.                                   

• Tuition is $450

• $200 deposit is due with application

• Balance of tuition is due by July 28 (First day of festival)

• Music assignments will be sent by June 25th

FCMF is geared toward students who have minimum 3+ years solo and/or large ensemble experience. Previous chamber music experience is not required. Students will be matched to the best of our ability into chamber groups with other students who are at a similar playing level. For this reason it is important to detail one's experience on the application. FCMF provides opportunities for significant growth for students all the way up to a preconservatory level! Minimum age requirement is 10 years. Open to strings, piano, woodwind, and brass students.

Need-based scholarships are available! Please contact for more information.

Cellist Caitlin Sullivan is a chamber, orchestral, and contemporary music performer based in New York City. Ms. Sullivan is a member of Decoda, a chamber music collective recently named the first-ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. With Decoda, she has led community engagement projects in South Africa, Japan and in the US, as well as curated multi-media chamber music performances “Line and Expression” and “Musical Portraits” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a member of The Knights and frequent principal cellist for this ensemble, Ms. Sullivan has traveled extensively in the US and abroad, performing with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Bela Fleck, and many others. She is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN, and made her debut as a soloist with that orchestra in the 2013-14 season. Ms. Sullivan has performed with several other acclaimed ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, A Far Cry, and Ensemble Signal.

            2017 FCMF Guest Artist

Grammy-nominated pianist Andrius Žlabys has received international acclaim for his appearances with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires. He is a featured soloist in "Between two Waves" by Victor Kissine for piano and string orchestra released on ECM in 2013 in collaboration with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.In 2012 Andrius Žlabys made his concerto debut at the Salzburg Festival performing Mozart’s Concerto K.467 with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Andrius Žlabys—born in Lithuania and trained at the Curtis Institute of Music—was 18 years old when the Chicago Tribune wrote: “Pianist-composer Andrius Žlabys is one of the most gifted young keyboard artists to emerge in years.” Žlabys was also heralded by The New York Sun in a review titled “A Shining Hope of Pianists” after his recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Žlabys’s artistry has received many other accolades from the press for his performances of “easy virtuosity” (The Strad), “generous and all encompassing“ sound (The Philadelphia Inquirer),“spell-binding interpretation” (The Plain Dealer) and his “wealth of musical perception” (The Greenville News). This international acclaim has followed his uniquely honest approach to music, as described by The Philadelphia Inquirer: “The beloved C-major chord... rippled off Žlabys' hands with such open-hearted rightness that you couldn't escape the notion that the pianist was acting as Bach's ventriloquist...” Mr. Žlabys’s concerts have included appearances on many of the world’s leading stages, such as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Phillips Collection, Teatro Colón, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Suntory Hall. He has also appeared at numerous festivals both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Menuhin, Salzburg, Lockenhaus and Caramoor music festivals, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the Isaac Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony conducted by Misha Santora in 2001 in a performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. He was also invited the following season as soloist with Kremerata Baltica to perform Benjamin Britten’s Young Apollo at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Andrius Žlabys has enjoyed collaborations with several esteemed musicians, including violist Yuri Bashmet, violinist Hilary Hahn, and an enduring collaboration with violinist Gidon Kremer with whom Zlabys has toured extensively in Europe, Japan, South America, and the U.S. In 2003, Žlabys received a Grammy nomination for his recording of Enescu’s Piano Quintet with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. A multifaceted musician of wide-ranging repertoire, Andrius Žlabys holds a special reverence for J. S. Bach, while remaining a strong advocate for the contemporary stage with numerous works commissioned by and written for him. He was a winner of 2000 Astral Artists National auditions. Andrius Žlabys began piano studies at the age of six in his native Lithuania with Laima Jakniuniene at the Ciurlionis Art School,  and continued his studies in the U.S. with Victoria Mushkatkol (Interlochen Arts Academy), Seymour Lipkin (Curtis Institute of Music), Sergei Babayan (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Claude Frank (Yale School of Music).


Body Care Workshop will be presented by a violinist who is also a licensed Physical Therapist, focusing on how to minimize the effects of repeated motion, and/or prolonged muscle stretching due to daily instrument practice.

Best Practices Student & Parent Workshop will address effective time management, structure, and methods in practicing.

Parent & Student Instrument Care Workshop will be presented by the Little Rock Violin Shop and will discuss proper maintenance and upkeep as well as individual instrument evaluations.


Then and Now

FCMF Faculty Recital I

5:30 pm - Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72204

This program features one of Beethoven's early masterworks, the String Quartet Op. 18 No. 6, together with works by two outstanding and highly recognized young composers, Missy Mazzoli and Yevgeniy Sharlat. Beethoven's Opus 18 collection of quartets, together with the late works of Mozart and Haydn, represent the pinnacle of the classical string quartet form. As a complement, these contemporary works have been selected to showcase the diversity of influences and vast expressive capabilities of the modern string quartet.

Andrius Žlabys, Guest Artist

FCMF Faculty Recital II

7:30 pm - Friday, 4 August 2017

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72204

Renowned pianist Andrius Žlabys will make a return visit to Little Rock to perform once again with FCMF faculty. The program opens with a stunning musical gem by a young Mozart, the Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304, continues with a beautiful and interesting piano work by the romantic French composer César Franck, and will conclude with the lively and effervescent Piano Quintet in Eb by Robert Schumann.

FCMF 2017 Student Recital

3:00 pm - Sunday, 6 August 2017

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72204

The 2017 student recital will feature all of the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival's students performing in multiple chamber music settings. These students have spent 10 intensive days rehearsing and being coached to prepare for this performance. These students, ages 10-19, are sure to impress with their talent and dedication to the tradition of making beautiful chamber music.