New Music on the Cutting Edge

“an essential source of adventurous new music”
—Alex Ross

Founded in 2000, The Argento Chamber Ensemble is a virtuoso ensemble dedicated to innovative musical performance and discovery of daring artistic paths. Championing cutting-edge contemporary composers, as well as framing classical repertoire in new contexts, Argento inspires musical inquiry through education, mentorship, technology, and dialogue.

Argento Returns from California

Argento returns to New York City after giving a spectacular concert in Sonoma with Trio Adriadne and featuring Frederica von Stade, and then the next day in Los Angeles to a fantastic audience. Many thanks to Sonoma State University, Monday Evening Concerts, and our zealous musicians for making these concerts possible. Stay tuned for news of our final concert of the season!

Argento Performs in DiMenna Center Before Touring in California

Argento’s next concert in New York City will take place on Thursday, March 26, at DiMenna Center. Members of Trio Ariadne will be soloists in chamber concertos by György Ligeti, Mathias Spahlinger and Giacinto Scelsi. Soprano Sharon Harms will perform the premiere of Michel Galante's new arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer.

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György Ligeti Mathias Spahlinger Giacinto Scelsi Trio Ariadne Sharon Harms

Argento Continues “Mahler in New York” Series

Argento extends warm thanks to the music lovers who attended our sold-out performances at the Park Avenue Armory! The sumptuous Board of Officers Room was the ideal atmosphere for Gustav Mahler’s heart-wrenching score and its companion premieres of works of Oliver Schneller and Jesse Jones. We thank The Reed Foundation, Park Avenue Armory staff, and all the musicians for their tireless efforts to make these marvelous concerts possible.

Check back for updates on our third installment of “Mahler As New York Contemporary” on March 26. Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:30 PM, Park Avenue Armory

Argento will give the second concert of its “Mahler in New York” series Songs of the Earth. This concert features premieres of Mahler-inspired works by composers Oliver Schneller and Jesse Jones, paired with a new chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde based on Schoenberg’s unfinished arrangement of this work. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and tenor James Benjamin Rodgers are the soloists in Mahler’s massive song cycle with Michel Galante conducting. Details ...

  Oliver Schneller Jesse Jones Jennifer Beattie James Benjamin Rodgers  

Argento Performs at Play Loud! Chamber Music Festival

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 PM, Instituto Cervantes (49 St between 2nd and 3rd Ave)

Argento performs a cutting-edge program featuring recent compositions by Kurt Rohde, Aaron Helgeson, Gordon Beeferman and Michel Galante. Details ...

  Kurt Rohde Aaron Helgeson Michel Galante Gordon Beeferman Sharon Harms  

Argento Director Interview on WWFM

David Osenberg, host for the Cadenza program on The Classical Network, and Argento Artistic Director Michel Galante discuss new music in New York City and reframing Schumann and Mahler in contemporary contexts. Listen to the Podcast

Season Kick-Off Monday, September 15 at the Advent Lutheran Church

Monday, September 15, 7:30 PM, Advent Lutheran Church on Broadway and 93rd Street | Admission Free

Argento kicks off the concert season performing in the Music Mondays Concert Series with an exciting program showcasing the legendary Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and his forward-looking musical style and language that still resonate in contemporary music today.

This program features Mahler's rarely heard chamber arrangement of Symphony No. 9, along with compositions by two New Yorkers——the New York premiere of the ensemble piece After Nine: Fantasia on Mahler by Matthew Ricketts, and string quartet Arrythmia by Taylor Brook performed by JACK Quartet.

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Upcoming in the 2014-15 Season

Argento's 2014-15 Concert Season brings the massive Gustav Mahler as New York Contemporary concert series , the Spectral Impressions program focusing Tristan Murail and his New York years, appearance at the Play Loud! Chamber Music Festival, residency at Sonoma State University, collaborations with the New Chamber Ballet, and a spring tour to Paris.