New Music on the Cutting Edge

About Argento

Performers and Staff Biographies
Creative Advisory Group
Intern Profiles
The Organization


Argento Chamber Ensemble


The Argento Chamber Ensemble is the performance arm of the Argento New Music Project. Consisting of nine dedicated members, the ensemble regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works of up to 30 musicians, and has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.

Argento spearheaded Lunar Movements in 2010, and again in 2012, series of weekend concerts exploring modes of musical écriture that stem from Schoenberg's 1912 Pierrot Lunaire. The Ensemble has toured widely in the US and abroad in festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival of Spectral Music in Istanbul, Turkey, the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, Sounds French Festival in New York, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, and the International Festival of Electro-acoustic music, Shanghai. Tours to Asia and the Middle East included collaborations with non-Western musicians such as singer Kani Karaça.

The group has worked closely with leading composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tania Leon, Tristan Murail, Elliott Carter, Philippe Hurel, Gerard Pesson, Joshua Fineberg, and Philippe Leroux, and has collaborated with younger emerging composers internationally and at leading universities such as Columbia, Princeton, and Stonybrook.

The Ensemble's first recording, featuring the music of Tristan Murail, was released in January of 2007 on the AEON label. The recording immediately received critical acclaim worldwide, and won the 2010 Record Geijutsu Record Academy Award for the new music category. Recording of Philippe Hurel's Quatre Variations was released in 2009 on the Harmonia Mundi label, and recording of works by Alexandre Lunsqui is slated for release in the near future. The ensemble has also recorded surround sound installation works, and has produced a complete video and audio recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire for online education.

Argento's reputation has been the result of its conhesion as a chamber ensemble since 2000, demanding technical preparation, and a probing interpretive commitment to the music. Independent of commercial endeavors, the Ensemble relies on the hard work of its musicians, board members, and your generous support.


Biographies

Michel Galante, conductor

Michel Galante has performed as principal, guest, and assistant conductor with orchestras and ensembles in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University. His composition awards include Hertz, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and prizes from ASCAP and the Composer's Guild.

Erin Lesser, flute

Erin Lesser performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Europe, and the US. Actively involved in contemporary music, she has given the American premieres of works by Murail, Hurel, and Holliger, and worked with Boulez, Crumb, and Mackey. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC's "Jeunes Artistes" series and New York's WQXR.

Carol McGonnell, clarinet

Dublin-born clarinetist Carol McGonnell has a growing reputation as a solo performer and chamber musician in both the United States and Europe. She has performed in both capacities with numerous ensembles across the world. Her involvement in new music has brought her work with leading composers such as Elliott Carter, Oliver Knussen, Lukas Foss, and Tristan Murail. She has recorded on RCA.

Tim Albright, trombone

Originally from the Napa Valley, Tim Albright moved to New York in 1999 where he enjoys a diverse freelance career on the trombone. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1998 with degrees in classical and jazz performance. In addition to performing with Argento, he tours regularly with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman.

Joanna Chao, piano

Joanna Chao has appeared in concerts across the Americas, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Turkey, and performed as soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and New Britain Symphony Orchestra. She performs in many New York venues, including Carnegie Weill. Her awards include a La Gesse Fellowship. Ms. Chao has been featured on radio stations KKHI, KQED, and the cable TV program "Grand Piano."

Matt Ward, percussion

Matt Ward is a principal member of the American Modern Ensemble, the percussion group Talujon and one of the co-founders of the percussion trio TimeTable. Mr. Ward has received a bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a masters degree from the State University at Stony Brook and is currently enrolled in the school's DMA program. Mr. Ward is also on faculty at Queens College and the Bloomingdale School of Music. He can be heard on the recording labels Aeon, Argo, Capstone Records, Newport Classics, Soundspell, and Albany Records.

David Fulmer, violin

Composer, violinist, and conductor David Fulmer is the first American ever to receive Grand Prize in the International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers. The success of his Violin Concerto at Lincoln Center in 2010 earned international attention and resulted in immediate engagement to perform the work with major orchestras and at festivals in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Scandinavia, and Australia. A surge in his compositional activity has resulted from a series of distinctive commissions from major international orchestras, a new violin concerto for virtuoso Stefan Jackiw, and several new works for notable contemporary ensembles. He received his doctorate from The Juilliard School.

Stephanie Griffin, viola

Canadian violist Stephanie Griffin has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, and as a champion of Indonesian composer Tony Prabowo. Reflecting her wide-ranging musical interests, performances have led her across the globe to Belgium, Estonia, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Turkey. Ms. Griffin has recorded for Siam Records, Aeon, Koch International, Arte Nova and Harmolodic.

Jay Campbell, cello

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell won first prize at the 2012 Concert Artist Guild auditions and was named a BMI Commissioning Prize recipient. Committed to the music of our time, Jay has collaborated with some of today’s most significant musicians and composers, ranging from Elliott Carter and Kaija Saariaho to members of Radiohead, Einstürzende Neubauten. He has appeared as soloist in major venues including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Kongresszentrum Luzern under conductors including Pierre Boulez and is a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival.

Michael Klingbeil, electronics

Michael Klingbeil is a composer actively involved with concert music and computer music research. His work has been recorded on ICMC and has been played by ensemble include the Oberlin CME, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon-Provence. Honors and awards have come from First Music, the Concorso Internazionale "Luigi Russolo," and ASCAP. He currently teaches composition and music technology in the Department of Music at Yale University.

Kimmy Szeto, general manager and ensemble librarian

Kimmy Szeto has managed the Columbia University Music Performance Program and the University Orchestra, as well as a number of summer festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Kimmy holds licentiate diplomas in piano and violin performance from the Royal Schools of Music, and is active in the community performing as a vocal accompanist and arranging music for chamber ensembles and musical theater. Currently, he is an assistant professor at Baruch College and on the music faculty at Columbia University.

Katie Salmon, production and marketing

Katie Salmon is a Booking Associate at IMG Artists, where she works on the calendars of Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald and Eric Owens, among others. She frequently hosts radio shows at WKCR 89.9 FM-NY focusing on either opera or modern classical music, and has conducted interviews with Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, and Meredith Monk. She recently graduated from Barnard College where she completed her studies in Urban Planning and Ethnomusicology with a focus on integrating sonic spaces into the planning of the built environment.

Ryan Beppel, audio engineering

Ryan Beppel is a composer with interests in microtonal and spatial composition as well as electronic mediums. He completed undergraduate studies at Columbia University with Fabien Lévy, Tristan Murail and Arthur Kampela, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at the Hochschüle für Musik in Basel, Switzerland, with Georg Friedrich Haas. His work has been performed in and around New York City with recognition from MATA and the Philadelphia Composers Forum.

Christopher Prodoehl, grant writing

Christopher Prodoehl joined Argento's research team in 2011. Chris is completing his doctorate in philosophy at New York University. His work focuses on aesthetics, including the philosophy of music, ethics, and the history of philosophy. Chris has studied piano privately with Molly Morkoski for the past three years, and is interested in a wide spectrum of electronic music and multimedia works.


Creative Advisory Group

The Creative Advisory Group is a community of Argento supporters who provide a broad range of industry expertise and creative input on issues and projects critical to our mission. Argento's Creative Advisors

  • serve as ambassadors for the organization
  • advise Argento’s artistic and administrative management
  • take part in the broader conversion on new music, programming, and inter-arts collaboration
  • gather at the annual CAG meeting

Join the growing roster of the Creative Advisors community! Show your talents; connect with new music fans! We are working on launching a web space exclusively for our CAG members.

Contact General Manager Kimmy Szeto to join the CAG or for more information.

Members

Ryan Beppel
Graduate Student, Hochschule für Musik Basel

Carl Bettendorf
Composer; Music Faculty, Columbia University

Elesse Eddy
AVP, RBS Citizens Financial Group

Benjamin Goldmintz
Random House Publishing Group

Kathryn Graham
Manhattan School of Music

Iuri Câmara Gusmão Gama
Student, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Kathy Halvorson
Oboist

Alexandra Krawetz
Student, Rice University

Claudia Lopez
Photographer

Matt Mendez
Composer; Blogger

Miro Magloire
Artistic Director, New Chamber Ballet

Kimberly Nucci
Multimedia Artist

Christopher Prodoehl
Philosopher

Anne Lovering Rounds
Assistant Professor, Hostos Community College, CUNY

Katie Salmon
IMG Artists

Andrey Stolyarov
Composer; Singer; Music Notator

Margaret Szeto
Sr. Interaction Designer, Electronic Arts

Justin Urcis
Executive & Artistic Director, Monday Evening Concerts

Yvonne Wang
Music Educator

Kathleen T. Watson
formerly COO/Sr. EVP, Microclinic International

Natasha Maki Yamane
Founder, Project Sunshine

Jonathan Yates
Music Director, Camerata Notturna


Argento New Music Project

Argento New Music Project (ANMP) is a tax-exempt, non-profit music organization. Our mission is to confront important issues in contemporary Western music through production and education. Argento New Music Project engages in the production of concerts, music festivals, recordings, educational events, and instructional materials. Argento has, since 2001, been committed to sharing our music with the community, both local and global. ANMP has:

  • Independently produced critically acclaimed concerts at leading concert venues in New York: Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, and Merkin Concert Hall.
  • Collaborated closely with foreign cultural organizations, including the Austrian Cultural Forum, the French Consulate, and the Italian Academy.
  • Coordinated student internships for potential arts administrators.
  • Produced audio and video recordings for Columbia University’s educational interactive website, which has been used by more than 3,000 students.
  • Organized free performances with post-concert talks in New York public schools, including underserved areas in Harlem and Brooklyn.
  • Collaborated with and performed in a disaster relief concert to raise funds for effected families immediately after 9/11.
  • Produced, in collaboration with UNICEF, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert in February, 2005. Argento raised thousands of dollars for UNICEF's relief efforts in Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka.
  • Produced, in collaboration with Octaeva, LLC an international consulting firm, CD recordings and visual artworks which were given to teachers and schools in Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka for use as positive, creative tools.
  • Produced recordings for prominent labels including Plus Loin, Gravina Musica and Aeon.
  • Organized lectures and master classes for students in Turkey and China about the latest developments in new Western music.
Board of Directors Michel Galante, Nari Matsuura, C.F. Pan
Advisory Committee Michael Klingbeil, Erin Lesser, Carol McGonnell
General Manager Kimmy Szeto

Organization Documents
Certificate of Incorporation
Bylaws ; MWBE Statement
New York State Incorporation Filing
Section 501(c)(3) Exemption Advance Ruling
Section 501(c)(3) Exemption Final Ruling - status change to public charity