The San Francisco International Music Festival Sfmf was conceived and founded in 2002 by Bay Area performing artists and teachers, Catherine and Anthony Angelo, "The Angelo Piano Duo." Alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Angelo Duo has performed in Australia, England, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and the United States.
Influenced by the artistic and cultural experiences performing at international piano duo festivals in Europe and Russia, The Angelo Duos’ vision was to establish a San Francisco-based international festival that captured the spirit of these overseas festivals and highlight the seldom-heard piano duo genre.
Sfmf was formally launched as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization in 2003 with an 8-member board of directors and support from The Ross McKee Foundation. Sfmf has received corporate support from The Alex.B. Brown Division of Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, and community support from many individual donors.
Sfmf sponsors a bi-annual international piano duo festival, The Milton & Peggy Salkind Internaitonal Piano Duo Festival, annual Young Artists' Concerts, the bi-annual Salkind Junior Festival and an outreach program.
The San Francisco International Music Festival strives to advance the performance of music in its various forms. Through festival programming featuring artists from around the world, Sfmf fosters creative interaction among artists of diverse backgrounds, while also providing opportunities for young musicians to perform and work side by side with established artists.