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VIVO Music Festival is an annual chamber music festival based in Columbus, Ohio. We present concerts and events in partnership with local institutions and businesses, including museums, breweries, assisted living centers, veteran affairs hospitals, and other community spaces.

VIVO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is supported by Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, and many other organizations and businesses throughout central Ohio.

Perform / Host

VIVO's mission is to build community through world-class chamber music performances.

Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for local artistic engagement by bringing innovative, community-oriented music performances directly to central Ohio’s diverse neighborhoods.

Volunteer / Partner

At the core of VIVO's work is a belief in democratizing the arts. We work with community partners to present musical initiatives that transcend cultural, economic, and physical barriers.

There is no one-size-fits-all format to a VIVO event, and our diverse formats reflect our diverse audiences. Join us in continuing this work, and making world-class music available to all.



what we did

Mvt.2 - October

VIVO's Movement II events emphasized the outreach and education initiatives that are at the heart of our mission. This included live performances presented in partnership with local organizations and businesses, such as Columbus Dance for Parkinson's, Ohio Living Westminster Thurber, and Seventh Son Brewing.

October also marked the launch of VIVO edu, an online video library that brings educational content directly to music students, music performers, and music lovers.  This resource is completely free, and has been shared with local school music programs in conjunction with virtual workshops by VIVO artists.  The VIVO edu library will continue expansion through December 2020.
The last aspect of Movement II is the inaugural VIVO Innovation Grant, intended to support the next generation of young musical innovators in our community.  Applications are now open to all young musicians in Central Ohio.

Mvt.1 - Aug. 24 - Aug. 30

VIVO studio - 8pm

Missed the event? Watch the conversation here!

A unique LIVE roundtable conversation with VIVO Music Festival musicians.

Learn more about these artists as they discuss their individual career journeys towards becoming professional musicians, and the unique challenges and opportunities for artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Broadcast LIVE, Monday August 24th, 8pm eastern.

JEFFREY MYERS - Violin - Calidore String Quartet
ESTELLE CHOI - Cello - Calidore String Quartet
HENRY KRAMER - Piano - Prizewinner, Queen Elisabeth Competition 
MATTHEW LIPMAN - Viola - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
ALICIA HUI - Violin - Principal Second, Columbus Symphony
SIWOO KIM- Violin - VIVO Artistic Director

VIVO Postcards - 7pm

Missed the premiere? You can still watch it here!

Presented in collaboration with the Johnstone Fund for New Music, VIVO Postcards was a virtual new music event of cutting-edge 21st-century repertoire, including several world and U.S. premieres.

Broadcasted from around the globe, listeners heard current and former members of some of the world's leading ensembles alongside 2020 VIVO Festival Artists.

Premiered LIVE, Tuesday August 25th, 7pm eastern.

VIVO studio - 4pm

Broadcast from Columbus’ GrooveU, get a special behind-the-scenes look at the music-making process as VIVO musicians livestream their rehearsal for Sunday’s performance. 

Always wondered about the rehearsal process? Ask your questions in the comments section, and the musicians will answer!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see how world-class artists discuss, negotiate and ultimately decide on an interpretation.
Please note: This livestream is only available for a limited amount of time. If you have any questions about seeing this video, please reach out to us at!

VIVO Homeland - 4pm

Rewatch this broadcast, recorded LIVE at the Columbus Museum of Art’s beautiful Derby Court, for an innovative digital concert experience.

Rewatch here

Enjoy a ‚Äúfront-row seat‚ÄĚ to a program of beloved masterworks, each chosen for its distinct connection to the composer‚Äôs homeland.¬† This concert also serves as a homecoming for the performers, not only because many have roots in Central Ohio, but because CMA has been a home for VIVO since the Festival began in 2015.
The performance was recorded on Thursday August 27, 2020 and premiered on Sunday August 30th, 4pm eastern
HAYDN Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob. XV/25, Gypsy
Henry Kramer - piano
Alicia Hui - violin
Estelle Choi - cello
KODALY Serenade, Op. 12
Siwoo Kim - violin
Jeffrey Myers - violin
Matthew Lipman - viola
SCHUMANN  Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Henry Kramer - piano
Jeffrey Myers - violin
Alicia Hui - violin
Matthew Lipman - viola
Estelle Choi - cello

post-concert RECEPTION - right after concert

VIVO Music Festival has always operated on a ‚ÄúPay-What-You-Want‚ÄĚ ticketing model, as part of the Festival‚Äôs commitment to making world-class musical performance truly accessible.¬†

If you enjoy our events, we hope that you consider making a donation as a ‚Äúticket‚ÄĚ to support our musicians and future events.¬†

As a thank you, those who donate $10 or more before the close of the VIVO Homeland concert will be invited to a Zoom post-concert reception with the VIVO musicians and team.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, VIVO depends on your support to continue our mission, and we are grateful for your help.

Missed the reception? We'll be back for VIVO Reimagined - Mvt 2 in October! Stay tuned on our website and Facebook for news & updates. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly content release!


request or host

Overcoming physical, economic, cultural and social barriers to arts participation lies at the heart of our mission to democratize classical music.

VIVO partners with community presenters who serve children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, the food and housing insecure, immigrant groups, as well as other diverse communities throughout Columbus.

Despite the pandemic, VIVO is holding fast to our mission and are offering digital-only or distanced performances.


Pop ups

Lunch Bachs - a Pop Up Experience

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Reeb Avenue Center partnership

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Beer & Beethoven - our perennial festival favorite

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5 years
of presenting innovative and incisive programming
concerts + events throughout central Ohio
Fans who joined us at breweries, theaters, galleries, museums and many other locations
growth in festival budget and awarded grants since 2015


Siwoo Kim
Artistic Director, violin
Westerville ‚Äė08
Ted Ou-Yang
Creative Director
Upper Arlington ‚Äė07
John Stulz
Artistic Director, viola
Upper Arlington '06
Alicia Hui
Community Engagement Director, violin
‚ÄćColumbus Symphony, principal 2nd violin




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