This year the NY PHIL BIENNIAL reaches farther and wider to explore today’s music. Alan Gilbert has worked closely with The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen to create an even greater representation of curatorial tastes, this time spanning three weeks, with ensembles from around the country and across the Atlantic. As Alan Gilbert said: “This project is perhaps the ultimate manifestation of our desire to support the work of today’s composers, and to bring together a variety of viewpoints to achieve something even greater than any one organization can accomplish.”

The venues are more varied, ranging from the Orchestra’s home in David Geffen Hall down to the new Whitney and new-music hotbed National Sawdust in Brooklyn. The ensembles range from the grandeur of the New York Philharmonic to the next generation of musicians from some of America’s leading pre-professional schools performing repertoire ranging from opera to electroacoustic sounds by 74 composers — almost 60 of them American.

Let’s play — again!

2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL Partners: 92nd Street Y; Aspen Music Festival and School; Interlochen Center for the Arts; League of Composers/ISCM; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; LUCERNE FESTIVAL; Met Museum Presents; National Sawdust; New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival; Whitney Museum of American Art; WQXR’s Q2 Music; Yale School of Music.


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The NY PHIL BIENNIAL, launched in 2014, is a flagship project of the New York Philharmonic exploring the music of today by bringing together a wide-ranging array of composers, partners, performers, and curatorial voices for concerts presented both on the Lincoln Center campus and in venues throughout the city.

Major support for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Francis Goelet Fund.