New York Philomusica
Founded in 1971, NYP’s mission is to explore and present the widest spectrum of chamber music, creating an experience that is well-rounded, informative and enjoyable to the inquisitive listener. NYP’s original and comprehensive concept, which has served as a model for many ensembles, has three major components:
·Contributing to the evolution of music: NYP has built a reputation of mixed programming, performing new music alongside traditional works. The ensemble’s range of programming includes its 1993 world premiere of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale with a new text by Kurt Vonnegut, the 1992 and 2002 premieres of works commissioned from John Harbison, the 1999 American premiere of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 for piano and string quintet, and numerous collaborations with renowned jazz pianist, the late Sir Roland Hanna. The ensemble has also provided exposure to living composers through its Featured Composer program, which was the first composer-in-residence program to be created by a New York chamber ensemble. Featured composers were Iain Hamilton, Jacob Druckman, and John Harbison. · Cultivating the talents of performers: NYP supports a group personality, as well as the individual talent of its artist members by programming music that encourages musicians to singly and collectively expand their musical reach. · Enriching current and future audiences: NYP is constantly striving to bring its music making to wide and appreciative audience, and it has always sought to strengthen its ties with its audiences. In 1971, NYP’s “Instrumental Conversations” program placed musicians, with their instruments, out in the hall before the concerts for discussions with the audience. Today, Artistic Director A. Robert Johnson often interviews musicians, composers, and other professionals in a pre-concert Meet-the-Artists session, held before every New York City concert. The ensemble has also performed master classes and lecture-demonstrations for children and young adults throughout its history, thus enriching audiences.