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New Music Predictions: Ola Gjeilo

In a world of music where we are so often looking back into the past, Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary celebrations send a clear message about the importance of looking forward, particularly when it comes to programming. To mark each of the years since it first opened its doors in 1891, Carnegie Hall has commissioned 125 new works to be premiered throughout the 2015–2020 seasons.

So where do we expect this new music to go? This question was put to both established and emerging composers who have recently been commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

I think contemporary classical music will continue to become even more eclectic while challenging genre boundaries. To me, the future of classical music is more exciting than perhaps at any time in history because of the extreme variety and openness that’s emerging, mixed with the incredible opportunities the Internet fosters and the increasing willingness of composers to want to communicate with audiences on both a cerebral and emotional level.

—Ola Gjeilo


This article first appeared in Carnegie Hall: 125 Years of an Iconic Music Venue’s Most Remarkable People and Memorable Events, available at

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