Vibrant and virtuosic,
Ensemble Connect is also versatile. Whether they are performing as a classic piano
trio or expanding to a sextet, performing a Romantic favorite or a cutting-edge
new work, Ensemble Connect brings exuberance and insight to every performance.
Whether it's performing a string quartet by Haydn or a daring new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall, there doesn’t seem to be anything the dynamic young musicians of Ensemble Connect can’t do. The New York Times called them “the new face of classical music for New York.” The ensemble performs music by Bernstein, Copland, and Steve Reich—three seminal 20th-century composers with deep New York roots.
Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet ·· Brandon Ilaw, Percussion ·· Lee Dionne, Piano ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin ·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola ·· Madeline Fayette, Cello ·· Julia Yang, Cello
The quality of its performances are outstanding, with an approach to a vast range of music—from centuries past to works written just days before a performance—that is open-minded and fresh. Ensemble Connect has established itself as one of the most exciting groups in New York.
Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· Stuart Breczinski, Oboe ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet ·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet ·· Rémy Taghavi, Bassoon ·· Nicolee Kuester, French Horn ·· Brian Olson, Trumpet ·· Oliver Barrett, Trombone ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin ·· Julia Yang, Cello
Called “one of the strongest ensembles in the city” (New York Classical Review), the talented young musicians who make up Ensemble Connect are fellows in a two-year program that prepares them for careers as innovative performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music in the 21st century. Schubert’s melodic and ebullient “Trout” Quintet anchors this evening of great chamber music, along with a new work by Gabriel Kahane.
Ensemble Connect ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet ·· Brian Olson, Trumpet ·· Daniel Schwalbach, Trombone ·· Brandon Ilaw, Percussion ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano and Celesta ·· Anna Elashvili, Violin ·· Mari Lee, Violin ·· Maren Rothfritz, Viola ·· Madeline Fayette, Cello ·· Doug Balliett, Double Bass Gabriel Kahane, Vocals and Piano
MOZART Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 498, "Kegelstatt"
GABRIEL KAHANE Bright and Fair (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout"
Ensemble Connect has workshopped with Steve Reich and Meredith Monk, been led by Sir Simon Rattle, and premiered works by the finest young composers of our day. The group of young musicians enters its second decade with can’t miss music making. To close its season at Carnegie Hall, Ensemble Connect performs Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, a setting of poems for speaker and chamber ensemble, employing a hybrid of spoken and sung vocalization that gives the work a surreal quality. Part of Salon Encores.
Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin ·· Mari Lee, Violin ·· Maren Rothfritz, Viola ·· Madeline Fayette, Cello ·· Julia Yang, Cello Mellissa Hughes, Soprano