Silent Beats: The Music of Akira Miyoshi 

Rolf Schulte (violin) and Kumi Ogano (piano) present a program celebrating the life and legacy of the late composer Akira Miyoshi (1933-2013), one of Japan’s leading voices of the past century. Miyoshi’s rich palette combines a noticeable influence of French post-impressionism with melodic and rhythmic expressions from his native Japanese heritage. Miyoshi’s works are complemented on the program by Maurice Ravel’s 1897 Sonata for Violin and Piano and Donald Martino’s 1962 Fantasy-Variations for solo violin.

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute | $15 / $10

Maurice Ravel Sonata Posthumous (1897)
Akira Miyoshi En Vers (1980)
Donald Martino Fantasy-Variations (1962)
Akira Miyoshi Pour le Piano-Mouvement Circulaire et Croisé
(Part I 1995/Part II 1998)
Akira Miyoshi Miroir (1983/rev.2008)
Akira Miyoshi Chaînes-Préludes (1973)

Pianist Kumi Ogano has ensconced herself as an authoritative interpreter of music by Japanese composers Toru Takemitsu and Akira Miyoshi, as her recordings of the two Japanese masters have reached wide critical acclaim. Based in New York City, Ogano serves on the piano faculty at Connecticut College. More about Kumi Ogano here.

The New Yorker has called Rolf Schulte “one of the most distinguished violinists of our day.” A champion and leading interpreter of new music, Schulte has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Donald Martino, Mario Davidovsky and Tobias Picker, among others. He currently teaches at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. More about Rolf Schulte here.

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2014-2015 Season Overview
Elegiac Arabesques: New Music for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon

Marianne Gythfeldt, Jacqueline Leclair and Brad Balliett present two four world premieres and exciting masterpieces from the woodwind repertoire. The program features compositions by Charles Wuorinen, Neil Saunders, Oliver Knussen, Brad Balliett, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Judith Bingham. Program:

Charles Wuorinen Epithalamium (1997)
Neil Saunders Incantations (1981)
Oliver Knussen Elegiac Arabesques (1991)
Brad Balliett Variations (2011) Three Minuets (2014) Grand Minuet (2014), World Premieres
Elizabeth Hoffman Figure-Ground (2014), World Premiere
Judith Bingham Ave Maris Stella (1972/2002)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM | Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music |
Free Admission 

Silent Beats: The Music of Akira Miyoshi

Rolf Schulte and Kumi Ogano celebrate the legacy of the late Japanese composer Akira Miyoshi. The duo juxtaposes his imaginary sonic landscapes with works by Donald Martino and Maurice Ravel. Program:

Maurice Ravel Sonata Posthumous (1897)
Akira Miyoshi En Vers (1980)
Donald Martino Fantasy-Variations (1962)
Akira Miyoshi Pour le Piano-Mouvement Circulaire et Croisé (Part I 1995/Part II 1998)
Akira Miyoshi Miroir (1983/rev.2008)
Akira Miyoshi Chaînes-Préludes (1973)

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM | Tenri Cultural Institute | $15 / $10

Lois Martin & Friends: New Music for Viola

Violist Lois Martin brings together some of New York’s finest musicians to collaborate on world premieres by Neil Kirkwood, Richard Festinger, Sheree Clement, and Diego Tedesco. Program:

Edward T. Cone Ostinato, Cadenza and Finale (1998)
Neil Kirkwood Duo for Viola and Marimba (2014) World Premiere, written for Lois Martin
Richard Festinger New Work for Solo Viola (2014) World Premiere, written for Lois Martin
Philip Hurel Recueil for Viola and Percussion (2008)
Sheree Clement Viola Trio (2010) World Premiere, written for Lois Martin
Diego Tedesco Viola Trio (2014) World Premiere, written for Lois Martin

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM | Tenri Cultural Institute | $15 / $10

Slam Creek Buzz: Mivos Quartet plays New American Music

Mivos Quartet’s concert presents a wide range of new American music, featuring works by vibrant young composers Katie Young, Richard Carrick, Sam Nichols, and Andrew Greenwald. Program:

Katie Young Slam Creek Buzz (2014) World Premiere
Richard Carrick String Quartet No. 2 (2014) World Premiere
Sam Nichols Refuge (2009) League/ISCM competition co-winner 2011
Andrew Greenwald A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is Not (2012)

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM | The DiMenna Center | $15 / $10

Season Finale: The Orchestra of the League of Composers

Louis Karchin and Scott Voyles will conduct the Orchestra of the League of Composers in our final concert of the season. Our enthusiastic commitment to the performance of new orchestral music culminates in the performance of our commissioned work A League of Notions, by Morris Rosenzweig, and other exciting premieres and compositions by Arvo Pärt, David Felder, Irving Fine, and Kaaija Saariaho. Program:

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1977/1980)
David Felder Les Quatre Temps Cardinaux (Excerpts) (2013) NY Premiere
Irving Fine Notturno for Strings and Harp (in honor of the composer’s centennial) (1951)
Morris Rosenzweig A League of Notions (2015) World Premiere, League-ISCM Commission
Kaija Saariaho Leino Songs (2008) NY Premiere

Heather Buck, soprano; Ethan Herschenfeld, bass; Louis Karchin, Scott Voyles, conductors.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM | Miller Theatre | $20 / $10


10.27.14 Join us for our season opener! 

Elegiac Arabesques: New Music for Oboe, Clarinet, and Contrabassoon

Marianne Gythfeldt, Jacqueline Leclair and Brad Balliett present two world premieres and exciting masterpieces from the woodwind repertoire- free admission!

Charles Wuorinen Epithalamium (1997) for oboe and clarinet (originally for two trumpets)
Neil Saunders Incantations (1981) for oboe alone
Oliver Knussen Elegiac Arabesques (1991) for English horn and clarinet
Brad Balliett Variations for oboe and contra-bassoon (2011) world premiere
Elizabeth Hoffman Figure-Ground for clarinet and electronics (2014) world premiere
Judith Bingham Ave Maris Stella (1972/2002) for oboe, clarinet, and piano (originally for two counter tenors)

Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:30 PM
Roosevelt 312 Performance Space
Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music
2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11210

9.11.14 Congratulations to the 2014 Composers’ Competition Winner — HUCK HODGE (Seattle, WA) — and his work,  Aletheia  for 11 musicians.   The committee also selected three finalists:

Stephen Lewis (La Jolla, CA)  a long time
Junyi Chow (Fresh Meadows, NY)  A Night Without Voices
Connor Elias Way (Liburn, GA)  Harlequin

9.10.14 We would like to help spread the word about four opportunities for emerging composers with recently-composed orchestral scores offered this year by our friends at EarShot and the American Composers Orchestra (ACO):

EarShot – Buffalo Philharmonic New Music ReadingsSubmission Deadline: October 17, 2014 - Readings: February 10-12, 2015

EarShot – Chicago Modern Orchestra Project New Music ReadingsSubmission Deadline: Dec 19, 2014 – Readings: April 28-30, 2015

EarShot – Berkeley Symphony Under Construction New Music ReadingsSubmission Deadline: Dec. 19, 2014 – Readings: May 2-4, 2015

Underwood New Music Readings & CommissionSubmission Deadline: Dec. 19, 2013 – Readings: May 6-8, 2015

Click here to see the full guidelines and submission details on all four events now posted on the ACO call for submissions webpage.


6.9.14 NEW MUSIC AND PREMIERES AT STEINWAY HALL –  June 28, 2014   3-5 pm -See Details on our EVENTS page.


The Orchestra of the League of Composers
Monday, June 16, 2014
8:00 PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Tickets: $20 (G.A.) / $10 Student & Senior (65+) 

Conductor: Louis Karchin
SoloistsKirsten Sollek, alto; Ray Chenez, countertenor;
William Sharp, baritone; Peter Van Derick, speaker
Host: John Schaefer (WNYC)

David Lang           Pierced (2007)
David Froom        Amichai Songs (2010)
Anton Webern     Op. 21 “Symphony” (1928) League commission, 1927
Suzanne Farrin     L’etoile mange (2014) world premiere, League commission
Philip Glass         Akhnaten (Act 2 Scene 2) (1983)

5.15.14 The 2014 Composers’ Competition is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! Adjudication will begin in early June, so stay tuned!

5.8.14 The League is deeply saddened at the passing of our long-time Advisory Board member, Leo Kraft on April 30th.  He will be greatly missed!  http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/leo-kraft-1922-2014/


5.2.14 Come here a concert of music by NYU Graduate Student Composers, performed by the Orchestra of the League of Composers. Tickets are just $10 (Free for students!)   Monday, May 5, 2014 8 PM Merkin Concert Hall 129 W. 67th St merkin3

4.17.14 Read the New York Times Review of the Manhattan String Quartet’s performance at Tenri by Zachary Woolfe. 

4.7.14 We regret that our concert at The Stone has been cancelled.  Please check back for the rescheduled date! 

3.25.14  Join us for two Amazing Concerts in APRIL!

League/ISCM presents: Lois Martin, viola “New Music & Friends”: Monday, April 7th, 8:00 pm @ The Stone – CANCELLED

League/ISCM presents: Manhattan String Quartet “100 Years of the String Quartet”: Wednesday, April 16th 8:30 pm @ Tenri Cultural Institute - see Current Season for details and tickets  please note new time and venue!


1.30.14 – We’re being featured this week on New Music USA’s blog! Check us out! 

1.14.14 We’re happy to announce that our own Jeffrey Mumford‘s new CD “Through a Stillness Brightening” (including artists Winston Choi, Miranda Cuckson, and Eliesha Nelson, among others) is now out on ALBANY Records. Read the complete press release here.



12.27.13 SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! It’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to the League of Composers — our success depends on the support of music lovers like you!

12.1.13  The 2013-14 season begins January 12th!  Four chamber concerts + our annual orchestra concerts!  Eight world premieres + 2 NY premieres!! Check out the Season page for details and ticket info.

11.12.13  CONGRATULATIONS to our 2013 COMPETITION CO-WINNERS! Audio and Score Excerpts on the Competition Page!

Eun Young Lee’s “a quiet way” for Soprano, +fl/alto, cl/bs cl, perc, pno, vln, vc
Bryan Christian’s “Chain Shift” for Soprano, cb.fl/piccolo, tenor sax, perc, vln, electronics

With an Honorable Mention to:

Gity Razaz’s  La Extraña Carretera, for eight violoncelli 

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Our 2013 Season Finale Highlights video is now on YouTube!


Pocket Opera Players presented the world premiere of John Eaton’s newest one-act opera Re-routed on October 10,11,12 at Symphony Space


Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00 PM @ The Italian Academy at Columbia University  [1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of W 118th St]


Giacomo Manzoni Cygnus Quintet
Daniele Venturi Alla Luna (Giacomo Leopardi)
Peyman Farzinpour (ri)percorso
Dina Koston In Memory of Jeanette Walters
John McLachlan Youtunes featuring Bodies Electric
Martin Boykan Diptych for guitar, E horn, fl, vln, vc
Fred Lerdahl Imbrications
Robert Martin Diary of a Seducer featuring Sheer Pluck
Georg Friedrich Haas Quartett für 4 Gitarren


5.2.13 The 2013 COMPETITION is now closed – thank you to all who participated.

THANK YOU - to all who backed our Kickstarter  project. Unfortunately, we did not meet our goal. Those who backed the project will not be charged but we welcome and encourage those of who who supported the project to donate directly to the League so that we can give Keith Fitch and Wang Jie the commissions they deserve.

3.10.13 Chamber Concert: PAS de DEUX: Sue Ann Kahn, flute and Lewis Paer, contrabass Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8 PM – Tenri Cultural Institute. See Current Season for complete program. 

2.12.13 From Copland to Carey – Three Premieres + Competition Winning Works The League presented the world premiere of Christian Carey’s For Milton, along with the NY premieres of the 2010 Competition winning works by Jordan Kuspa, Luke Dahn, and David Chaitikin at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Sunday, February 24th at 3pm. Stay tuned for video and audio excerpts from the concert!

2.1.13 The 2013 Composers’ Competition is now open! Enter HERE

1.3.13 Happy New Year!  Here’s our 2012 Season Finale Montage Video (you can find it on YouTube, too!)

11.6.12 The League is saddened by the passing of our beloved Elliott Carter (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012).  Elliott has been instrumental in the growth of the League of Composers/ISCM over the years. We’ve had the privilege of performing some of his recent works: In the Distances of Sleep (2006), On Conversing with Paradise (2008), Concertino for Bass Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra  (2009)we honor Elliott this spring by including his fanfare Call (2003) in our 2013 season finale.  Wall Street Journal  The Guardian (UK)

2012 – 2013 Season Sneak Preview  - Check out the Current Season page for details!

League Chamber Players will open the season in February 2013 with the NY premieres of the 2010 Competition winning works by Luke Dahn and Jordan Kuspa, along with Rhapsody for Cello and Piano by the late David Chaitkin, For Milton, by Christian Carey and Aaron Copland’s Sextet.

Our second chamber concert, scheduled for March 30th, is entitled “Pas de Deux: Sue Ann Kahn, flute and Lewis Paer, contrabass.” With Alan Kay (clarinet) and William Anderson (guitar), the concert will include the world premieres of Alba PotesTres Instrumentos para un Tema Obstinado (2013), and Pas de Deux (2013) by Allen Shawn. The program also includes the NY premiere of Eugene O’Brien’s Fancies and Goodnights (1994), and Cerberus (1977) by Henry Brant. Rounding out the program is Charles Wuorinen’s Turetzky Pieces (1960).

The 2013 orchestral season finale features new orchestral commissions by recent Charles Ives Scholarship winner Wang Jie and Cleveland Institute of Music composition chair Keith Fitch. The program also includes works by Elliott Carter, Bruce Adolphe, Leon Kirchner, and Eve Beglarian.

Check out the Current Season page for more details!

8.9.12 Congratulations to TRAVIS ALFORD - the 2012 Composers’ Competition winner!  Hear his piece, Self, Analyzed (2010) for flute, bass clarinet, percussion, guitar and toy piano on his website.  Also, honorable mention goes to Mei-Fang Lin’s work L’Image Reconstituée  for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano.  See our Competition page for more highlights from this year’s competition!

8.18.12 League Advisory Board Member LEO KRAFT’s newest short film, A New York City Surprisal of the Blackbirds (a true filming of migratory birds), has been released. See the film on You Tube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr6hkToePuI 

7.25.12 Check out the Photo Gallery (photos by Carrie Leonard) from our 2012 Season Finale! 

6.8.12 Congratulations to William Rowe – World New Music Days 2013 has selected his work, The House on the Street, for programming in Slovakia and Austria.

5.8.12 Thank you to all who applied to the 2012 Composers’ Competition. Stay tuned for the results!

1.29.12 The League/ISCM and pianist Eliza Garth celebrated the centennial of John Cage with a performance of his masterpiece for the prepared piano Sonatas and Interludes on Sunday, January 29th at Merkin Hall. Click HERE to read the review in Feast on Music. 

12.15.11 The League is saddened by the recent loss of board member David Chaitkin on December 15, 2011. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time. Click here to read his obituary in The New York Times.

11.1.11 Congratulations to Eric Nathan  - World Music Days 2012 has selected his piece, Walls of Light, for programming in Belgium 2012.

Check out upcoming concerts and other musical events in our Concert Announcements page.

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As the longest-serving American organization devoted to new music, the League is proud serve its mission to present new music written by emerging and established living composers alongside masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Founded in 1923, the League draws on a remarkably rich history, including such groundbreaking premieres as Schönberg’s Die Glückliche Hand, Béla Bartók’s Village Scenes, Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and Anton Webern’s Symphony for Chamber Orchestra. The League also sponsored the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, many pieces by Aaron Copland, György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin. The League has enjoyed long associations with some of America’s most important composers, from Aaron Copland to past honorary Advisory Board Chair Elliott Carter.