Other performers include bassist Robin Kesselman and members of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, including violinists Elicia Silverstein and Kelsey Blumenthal, violist Christopher Zack and cellist Mindy Park, who will join the masters in various performances throughout the week at local galleries, restaurants and private homes.
"The beauty of this festival is that it fuses the top quality performers with emerging artists," Robertson said. "It's a great mentoring opportunity for these rising stars."
The festival will also add an array of new free events to the mix this year, Robertson said, including a "Music Table" happy hour where musicians can gather to discuss a variety of music-related topics; a Young Composers Workshop at Sage Hill School, where composers will share their insights about music hybridity with aspiring young musicians; and "Introducing Brooklyn Rider: Music from the new New York," at Laguna Art Museum, where the Brooklyn-based quartet will play music and discuss the burgeoning art and music scene in their hometown.
Also new to the event is Music Festival Restaurant Week, where local restaurants, including House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, Claes and Sundried Tomato, will offer special deals and sampler plates to festival-goers.
Artful Violins, an extension of the music festival to benefit visual art education, showcases a series of violins embellished by local artists. The sculpted, painted and bronzed works of art will be exhibited through Laguna and sold online at the conclusion of the festival.
"There is a lot of exciting new stuff happening this year," Robertson said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
There are two free events, and concerts range from $30 to $80 and higher.
If You Go
What: Laguna Beach Musical Festival
Where: Various locations in downtown Laguna
When: Feb. 7 to 13
Info: Costs vary per event. For a complete list of performances, workshops and participating restaurants, visit http://www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com.