PUBLIQuartetPUBLIQuartet, dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, presents creative, interactive programming and through a deep commitment to audience inclusion, brings a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Since their inception in 2010, PUBLIQuartet has been dedicated to dedicated to presenting innovative programs spanning music from the classical repertoire to contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the role and techniques for the traditional string quartet.
PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. They were awarded the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for their outstanding and innovative approaches to the programming of contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music and the 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize from Concert Artists Guild. PUBLIQuartet’s original program, MIND|THE|GAP, touches on deeper connections between traditional, modern and contemporary music by juxtaposing compositions from diverse genres through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been proclaimed as “remarkable” and ”innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” (Feast of Music).
In 2014, PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired the development of their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is a genre-independent program designed to promote under-represented music for the string quartet and to support composers at the most formative point in their careers. PQ has performed in a diverse range of venues from Lincoln Center and SubCulture to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Rockwood Music Hall. They have been presented by such organizations as The American Composers Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Queens College, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, and Fordham University in Lincoln Center.
The ensemble has worked with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets and with composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. Residencies include the Juilliard String Quartet Institute, Deer Valley Music Festival’s “Emerging Quartets and Composers” program, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the Banff Centre. Upcoming highlights in 2015 include the release of their debut album in the Spring, their Carnegie Hall debut in April, and the PUBLIQ Access showcase concert in October in New York City.
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SHUFFLE ConcertConceived by SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist, Eliran Avni, SHUFFLE Concert was born while Avni was exercising on the elliptical machine at the gym. His MP3 player jumped from a Pretenders song to the first movement of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, nearly causing him to lose his balance… and thus, the idea for SHUFFLE Concert was born!
Unique to SHUFFLE Concert performances is the manner in which the program is selected. The audience is invited to actively participate in the selection of works to be performed by choosing from a menu of over 30 works derived from 15 different styles, with works ranging from solos and duos, to trios, quartets, quintets and sextets. Genres vary from classical, baroque, and romantic, to Jazz, pop and Broadway. The result is a highly engaged audience and a high energy performance.
SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished chamber musicians; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world.
Since its inception, SHUFFLE Concert has performed in a variety of concert settings, including the Duplex, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, and Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Series in New York; Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival in Pennsylvania; Molloy College in Long Island; Los Angeles’s L’Ermitage Concert Series, Lancaster Performing Arts Center and Pepperdine University Center for the Arts in California, and Canada’s Chamberfest Ottawa, and presented residencies at East Stroudsburg University and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania; Mirman School in Los Angeles; The Dalles Middle school, Oregon; and the International School in Herzeliya, Israel, to name a few. SHUFFLE Concert has made four tours of Israel to date, and will be returning for a fifth tour this fall. In December 2012 the ensemble made its Merkin Hall debut, which was broadcast on WWFM and WQXR, and which included the premieres of new works by Avner Dorman and Jonathan Keren. The ensemble’s debut eponymous CD was released in October 2013, and in 2014, to celebrate its fifth anniversary, SHUFFLE Concert announced its first Composition Competition, awarding prizes to composers Piotr Szewcyzk, Kevin Wilt and Oran Eldor for their original compositions for the ensemble. Future projects include the launch of the SHUFFLE app, which will allow audiences to vote via a smart phone application. The ensemble was recently selected as one of five ensembles presenting at the prestigious YPCA showcase at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.
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Curtis Stewart Quintet
Curtis StewartA New York City native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Curtis has performed as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, in Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He has made chamber music appearances at Zankel Hall, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival, holding his audiences “spellbound” with his “warm, clear sound…sparkling rhythmic energy,” “soulful improvisation” and “prodigious technique,” (New Amsterdam Times, The Morning Call, SoundWordSight). He has received special mention from JazzTimes, and Downbeat Magazines, STRAD Magazine called Curtis “a gem of string player, among the excellent musicians…whose impressive work- including occasional improvisations- contributed to many of the nights high points…his swinging flights were among the most memorable.”
An avid teacher, he currently teaches at the Laguardia Highschool for Music & Art and Performing Arts, and The Jazz @ Lincoln Center Jazz Academy. Curtis’ eclectic background has led him to concerts in many different realms of music from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie wonder, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Witney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His ensemble “PUBLIQuartet,” was finalist in the 2013 Concert Artist Guild Competition, winnner of the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize, and NewMusic/New Places Ensemble. His spoken word trio, “The Mighty Third Rail” has won “Best Music” and “Best Innovation” at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. His ensembles perform frequently at Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, National Public Radio, NYC SummerStage, the Cornelia Street Cafe, BAM, The PUBLIC Theater, Lincoln Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, and many others.
Curtis has worked with today’s prominent musicians including Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Matt Wilson, Jason Lindner, Edmar Casteneda, among many others. Mentors include members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, Dedalus, Boromeo, and Brentano Uptown, Turtle Island String Quartets, composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. A supporter and practitioner of many styles of music, Curtis is excited to continue expanding and blending all the elements of his stylistic and expressive range, developing a unique and relevant voice in New York’s boundless music scene.
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Soyeon Kate LeeFirst-prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.” She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Dominican Republic, Orquesta de Valencia, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic. In recent seasons, she has given recitals at New York’s Zankel, Alice Tully, and Merkin halls, Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Madrid’s National Auditorium, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.
A Naxos recording artist, she records a double CD of Scriabin piano works this season following the Scarlatti and Liszt albums released earlier. A second prize and Mozart Prize winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, she has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, and Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank, and their one year old son, Noah.
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Harlem Chamber PlayersThe Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem’s other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions. The Harlem Chamber Players not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians.
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American Modern EnsembleAmerican Modern Ensemble spotlights American music via lively thematic programming, performing a wide repertoire by living composers. The mission of AME is to create definitive performances of the highest caliber for the widest possible audience base. It supports its mission by presenting live concerts, making recordings, and presenting premieres. AME always includes on-stage chats with composers, and conducts an annual competition for composers of ALL ages. Winners receive a performance with a recording, videography, and cash awards. Founded in New York City in 2005 by Robert and Victoria Paterson, Robert serves as artistic director as well as house composer, and Victoria is Executive Director as well as one of the violinists on the roster. Made up of NYC’s finest, AME is “simply first-rate” (The New York Times). Sold out crowds at Merkin Hall, the Rubin Museum and SubCulture are a winning testament to a ten-year track record, as one of the top leaders in successful programming. AME does educational and outreach concerts at universities such as the CUNY Graduate Center, Princeton University, Adelphi, James Madison, and many more. Recent collaborations include the Cutting Edge New Music Festival, Prototype Opera Festival, American Opera Projects, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Mazzini Dance Collective (Paul Taylor lead dancer/choreographer). AME presents thematic programs using a robust combination of instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors.
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