Argento is one of New York City’s premiere virtuoso chamber ensembles dedicated to innovative musical performance and the discovery of daring artistic paths. Championing contemporary cutting-edge composers and framing classical repertoire in new contexts, Argento inspires musical inquiry through artistic collaboration and education.
Argento has built an international reputation since its founding in 2000. With a firm commitment to intellectually rigorous interpretations, the nine-member ensemble regularly expands to thirty musicians to deliver technically demanding performances. The ensemble collaborates with leading and emerging composers, produces internationally acclaimed recordings, and brings pressing concerns of contemporary music to the forefront.
“It renders [the works] not merely approachable but positively delectable through its mix of technical command and urgent advocacy."
– Steve Smith, The New York Times
“The [Argento Chamber Ensemble's] performance succeeded in every way that really matters.
– Martin Adams, The Irish Times
"Argento Chamber Ensemble...[is] providing a real service to new-music lovers in New York City, by exposing works that might otherwise go unperformed…"
- Alex Ross, The New Yorker
“An essential source of adventurous new music in New York.”
– Steve Smith, Night After Night
Argento has forged long-term artistic relationships with ground-breaking composers such as Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, and Fabien Lévy. The fruit of these collaborations include recording music of Philippe Hurel, Fred Lerdahl, Katerina Rosenberg, and Alexandre Lunsqui. Argento’s debut album Winter Fragments with music of Tristan Murail was awarded Japan’s Record Geijutsu Academy Award in 2010.
In conjunction with its prolific concert seasons and recording engagements, Argento nurtures the next generation of music professionals through university residencies, composer workshops, artist development programs, research library and archives, and student internships. Collaborating institutions include Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, Yale, and New York University, Bennington College, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, and the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
Argento's reputation builds on its cohesion as a chamber ensemble, 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, volunteers, board members, and your generous support.
Caleb van der Swaagh
Board of Directors
Gayle Haller, chair
Georg Friedrich Haas
Creative Advisory Group
AVP, RBS Citizens Financial Group
Random House Publishing Group
Manhattan School of Music
Iuri Câmara Gusmão Gama
Compser, Experimental Electronic Music
Doctoral Candidate, Musicology, Yale University
Artistic Director, New Chamber Ballet
Anne Lovering Rounds
Associate Professor, Hostos Community College, CUNY
Composer; Singer; Music Notator; Student, Hartt School
User Experience Designer, Visa
Executive & Artistic Director, Monday Evening Concerts
Kathleen T. Watson
Neuropsychopharmacology, Stanford University
Natasha Maki Yamane
Founder, Project Sunshine
Music Director, Camerata Notturna and Norwalk Youth Symphony
Ananda Alves Brandão
Student, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil
Composer; Pianist, Belle Arti Center for the Arts
Managing Director, Nief-Norf Contemporary Music