About Us

Concert Artists Guild empowers musicians and launches careers that are sustainable, unique and relevant. Through mentorship and performance opportunities, we identify and develop young artists who will make an impact in the world through music. Since 1951, CAG has helped more than 500 young musicians launch careers. Winners of CAG’s annual competition receive comprehensive management support, New York performances, concert bookings and professional career development and coaching.

Notable alumni artists include  violinists Jennifer Koh, Joseph Lin (Juilliard Quartet), and Eugene Drucker (Emerson Quartet); pianists Barry Douglas, Michael Brown, and Daniel Hsu; clarinetists David Shifrin and David Krakauer; flutists Carol Wincenc, Marina Piccinini, and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase; groundbreaking ensembles Imani Winds, the Brasil Guitar Duo, and Sybarite5; and Grammy-winning ensembles Pacifica and Parker String Quartets, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and MacArthur Fellow Eighth Blackbird.



Such sustained commitment to an artist’s development is the most impressive of all of CAG’s achievements.

Strings Magazine

Concert Artists Guild is committed and enthusiastic in its invaluable efforts to promote young artists and to ensure that classical music is a viable part of the cultural scene. Thank you, CAG.

Eugene Drucker, violinist, Emerson String Quartet
CAG Competition Winner, 1976

“Concert Artists Guild has been extremely successful not only because of its commitment to extraordinary artistry, but through its commitment to change, and its willingness to adapt to the new realities of the classical music world. From innovative uses of the digital platform, to trailblazing collaborations with venues – traditional and non-traditional – and media, to its fearless embrace of innovative artists, CAG is forging a model for the creation of sustainable careers.”