Salon Concerts was founded by violinist Robert Rudié in 1990 to foster appreciation and enjoyment of chamber music in the Austin area. For twenty-four years it has presented wonderful and interesting music played by superb musicians in the beautiful and warm setting of a private home, complimented by sumptuous and generous food and wine.
Each season Salon Concerts presents four pairs of concerts—Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings—followed by a shorter, free Tuesday concert in a public venue and open to the general public without advance reservations.
Salon Concerts and its educational arm, CHAMPS, bring free chamber music to the public and into the pubic schools by sponsoring concerts, paying instructors, organizing master classes and providing services that bring professional and amateur musicians together with audiences who love music. Salon Concerts is dedicated to bringing music instruction and chamber music in particular into communities that might not otherwise have the opportunity due to economic marginalization.
Organization & funding
Salon Concerts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable non- profit corporation supported by generous donors, foundations, and businesses. The programs of Salon Concerts and CHAMPS are funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the generosity of ACMP (Amateur Chamber Music Players), contributions by the Dell foundation, and individual gifts.