September 13-20, 2009

           Cecile Gray Bazelon:  BETWEEN THE SPACES (1995)                   


DECEMBER 23, 2019, 8:00 pm

Elmira Darvarova & Howard Wall



SEPTEMBER 22, 2019, 7:30 pm



   July 3, 2019, 7:00 pm
    Weill Hall @Carnegie Hall 






           December 18, 2018, 7:30 pm
     Weill Hall @Carnegie Hall 


          AMY ZOLOTO

                 HOWARD WALL




Gershwin, Piazzolla, Amram, Bernstein, Villa-Lobos, Tovey, Kitamura,  Kahn,  Koechlin



               June 18, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Weill Hall @Carnegie Hall 




     Brahms, Franck, 

     Clara Schumann







Chamber Music Festival Fills a Void


In recent years, the New York Chamber Music Festival has stepped up with innovative programs at Symphony Space featuring both established and emerging artists. This year’s festival offers some intriguing programs. The Russian-born, Juilliard-trained pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski, who has been adopting rock star trappings of late, offers a typically unusual program, including his own transcriptions of scenes from Strauss’s “Capriccio,” Massenet’s “Manon” and other operas. Soprano Carole Farley appears with the flutist Patricia Spencer, the Delphinium Trio and the New York Piano Quartet in “Prokofiev & Friends,” with works by Prokofiev’s colleagues Stravinsky, Gershwin and Vernon Duke. There is a free program of works by “Very Young Composers,” as the concert is billed. The violinist Elmira Darvarova joins the acclaimed French pianist Pascal Roge for some French sonatas. (Broadway and 95th Street, 212-864-5400,



OUR CD  "THE CHAMBER MUSIC of DAVID AMRAM - LIVE at the NEW YORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL"  was released by Urlicht AudioVisual (UAV-5987). It was recorded live at the 2012 New York Chamber Music Festival, with the participation of David Amram and his jazz quartet, the world-famous flutist Carol Wincenc, the internationally-renowned cellist Wendy Sutter, the acclaimed New York Piano Quartet, Delphinium Trio, Face the Music Ensemble, and musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera.

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Supreme Court Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR participated at the 2011 New York Chamber Music Festival, where she presented a spoken tribute at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary commemorative concert at Symphony Space.




   The New York Chamber Music          Festival deeply mourns the           passing of JANOS STARKER,  legendary cellist, pedagogue and recording artist, a Grammy-award  winner and Vice-President of the          New York Chamber Music               Festival. Our sincerest  condolences go out to his family,  friends, colleagues and students





    Our 2012 season          opening concert
   JOHN CAGE at 100!       was selected by
  New York Magazine as one of the Top 10       Classical Music Performances of 2012


                                             John Cage (Zürich,1990)

                                        Photographer: Niklaus Strauss         

                                     Courtesy of the John Cage Trust   





The NEW YORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL - a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, was founded in 2008 to celebrate chamber music, to recognize and support exciting new and established artists, to present premieres and special live performances, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of chamber music among broad and diverse audiences. Directed by violinist Elmira Darvarova (President and Artistic Director) and by the late great cellist Janos Starker (who was the festival’s Vice-President from 2008 until his death in 2013), the New York Chamber Music Festival has quickly established itself as one of New York’s premier and most prestigious music series, presenting free concerts and masterclasses with internationally-renowned artists, in addition to annual education events featuring children-composers in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic’s popular series “Very Young Composers”. Some of the world's most prominent musicians, such as the legendary singers Thomas Hampson and Samuel Ramey, as well as the world's #1 solo double bassist Gary Karr, are members of the Advisory Board of the festival (as was the late virtuoso violinist Ruggiero Ricci), while among the participants are such esteemed performing artists as Metropolitan Opera star soprano Carole Farley, MET Opera bass-baritone Morris Robinson, the world-renowned pianists Pascal Rogé and Vassily Lobanov, the cellist Christine Walevska, the violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the saxophonist Ken Radnofsky, the acclaimed pianists Simon Mulligan, Shai Wosner, Konstantin Soukhovetski, Anne-Marie McDermott, Bryan Wagorn, Scott Dunn, Linda Hall, Thomas Weaver, Zhen Chen, and many principal musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, including Glenn Dicterow - legendary concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill - principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, Denis Bouriakov - principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in addition to renowned chamber groups such as the New York Piano Quartet, New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Escher String Quartet, the Amram Ensemble, the Amerigo Trio, the Delphinium Trio, the Delta Piano Trio, among many others.

 Prominent actors who have performed at the New York Chamber Music Festival include the “Law and Order” stars B.D. Wong and Tamara Tunie, John Ventimiglia and Frank Messina from “The Sopranos”, Oscar®-winner Estelle Parsons (“Bonnie and Clyde”). The United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor presented a speech at the 2011 New York Chamber Music Festival, honoring the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary during the Memorial Concert which took place at the New York Chamber Music Festival. Legendary tango and jazz musicians, such as Octavio Brunetti, Fernando Otero, Jon Faddis, Arturo O’Farrill, David Amram, the Turtle Island Quartet, have appeared at the New York Chamber Music Festival, in addition to world music icons such as the Indian sarod virtuosos Amjad Ali Khan and Amaan & Ayaan Ali Bangash. In its 10 years of existence the New York Chamber Music Festival has commissioned dozens of new music works and has presented over 100 world-premiere performances. The festival’s Composer-in-Residence is David Amram, who in the past was appointed by Leonard Bernstein as the New York Philharmonic’s very first composer-in-residence. In 2014 the American record label Urlicht AudioVisual released a commercially available CD recorded “live” at the New York Chamber Music Festival. Several national and international tours have been successfully realized by the New York Chamber Music Festival as visiting presenter throughout the United States, Canada, England, France and Italy. A regular collaborative relationship between the New York Chamber Music Festival and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona (Italy) exists since 2011, whereby the competition winners are presented with a New York debut concert at the New York Chamber Music Festival.  Reviews by The New York Times and other prominent publications are published on a regular basis, reflecting performances and events at the New York Chamber Music Festival. “Chamber Music Festival Fills a Void” proclaimed Anthony Tommasini, a major critic at The New York Times, while Justin Davidson of the New York Magazine included the New York Chamber Music Festival in the Top Ten Classical Music Performances of 2012. Some of the most exciting young performers who are emerging as the new stars of tomorrow have been masterclass participants at the New York Chamber Music Festival -- such as the “rock star” violinist Charles Yang (recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein award) and soprano Kirsten Chambers, who made a Metropolitan Opera debut shortly after being coached at the New York Chamber Music Festival. Bringing world-class artistry and exciting top-level performances and educational events in the most affordable way - through “free admission” - has become an important mission to which the New York Chamber Music Festival continues to dedicate its efforts and resources

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein selecting David Amram as the first ever Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic, the New York Chamber Music Festival named David Amram as its Composer-in-Residence and commissioned him to compose a new work, "Three Lost Loves" for violin, saxophone and piano, based on stories by authors Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Jack Kerouac, world-premiered by the Amram Ensemble on October 3, 2016 in Karlsruhe, Germany.  



   DAVID  AMRAM, Composer-in-Residence

      ELMIRA DARVAROVA, President & CEO

  JANOS STARKER, Vice-President Emeritus

       GREG ZUBER, Chairman of the Board

    PATRICIA ZUBER, Co-Chair of the Board


                                New York Chamber Music Festival

                                             Tel. (646) 797-3136


               Advisory Board:

             Thomas Hampson
               Samuel Ramey
                   Gary Karr
             Enrique Diemecke
                   Scott Dunn
               Catherine Cahill 
                Jacques Ysaÿe
           Kurt Sassmannshaus
             Vladimir Galousine
          Mary Gene Sondericker

         The New York Chamber Music Festival
     deeply mourns the loss of its Vice President, legendary cellist JANOS STARKER (1924-2013), as well as the loss of legendary violinist RUGGIERO RICCI, an Advisory Board member until his death in 2012.





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