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About Argento


Argento is New York City’s premiere virtuoso chamber ensemble 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 up to 30 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.

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 Universities, 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.

Upcoming Events

Argento’s 2015-2016 concert season programming has been made possible by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the generosity of individual supporters. Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Composer Portrait: Beat Furrer

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:00 PM at Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at Boston

Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:30 PM at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

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Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:30 PM at School of Music Recital Hall (Room 206), University of South Carolina

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Media

Sounds, videos, and images from the Argento media library.

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Scelsi Rediscovered

Scelsi Rediscovered

Performance at Bohemian National Hall
Um teatro de ações

Um teatro de ações

Alexandre Lunsqui
Fred Lerdahl: Volume 4

Fred Lerdahl: Volume 4

Fred Lerdahl
On Night

On Night

David Fulmer
Phonus

Phonus

Philippe Hurel
Winter Fragments

Winter Fragments

Tristan Murail
Excerpt from Xenos II

Excerpt from Xenos II

by Beat Furrer (world premiere)
P-Orbital

P-Orbital

Alexandre Lunsqui
Dawn from No Man’s Land at Park Avenue Armory

Dawn from No Man’s Land at Park Avenue Armory

Christian Boltanski
Interview with Michel Galante –  American Composers Showcase at Miller Theatre

Interview with Michel Galante – American Composers Showcase at Miller Theatre

Victor Adán, Daniel Iglesia, and Igor Stravinsky
…à measure

…à measure

by Philippe Hurel
Messiaen 100 Celebration Concert Interviews

Messiaen 100 Celebration Concert Interviews

Grisey, Murail, Boulez, Gaussin

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