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.



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 with Tristan Murail and his American disciples, 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.

In the season kick-off on Monday, September 15, Moving Sounds® Concert: Mahler As New York Contemporary I, Argento examines the legendary Austrian composer Gustav Mahler's later years spent in New York City while serving as the director of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. His forward-looking musical style and language continue to resonate in contemporary music today. This concert situates Mahler as a New York new music contemporary, which provides the context for a showcase of the finest works of today's emerging composers.

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.

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

Open rehearsal and evening social with the artists on Sunday, September 14, 7:00 PM, DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th Street

Check back soon for more details!