The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is proud to announce its 2021 season, which runs July 18–August 23. Concerts will be held in the Festival’s two longtime venues: St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art and The Lensic Performing Arts Center.
A full listing of our 2021 programs and artists is below, followed by 2021 highlights.
Click here to download a PDF of our full 2021 season.
2021 FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
|JUL 18–24||JUL 25–31||AUG 1–7|
|AUG 8–14||AUG 15–21||AUG 22–23|
2021 FESTIVAL ARTISTS
Click here to see the list of musicians joining us in 2021.
Artists and programming are subject to change. Current as of Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
2021 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the highlights we’re looking forward to next summer:
• Alan Gilbert, chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and former music director of the New York Philharmonic, leads two works for chamber orchestra—Takemitsu’s Rain Coming and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks—and, as a violinist, joins Berlin Philharmonic Principal Horn Stefan Dohr and pianist Gilles Vonsattel in Ligeti’s Horn Trio.
• Stefan Dohr also performs Mozart’s Horn Quintet and Schubert’s Octet with an ensemble of Festival musicians.
• Violinist Paul Huang appears on five programs, including the season-opening concerts.
• Pianist Kirill Gerstein and violinist Leila Josefowicz are the featured soloists in Berg’s Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments, led by David Robertson, the renowned former music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and former chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
• Composer, conductor, and chansonnier HK Gruber partners with Kirill Gerstein for songs by Weill and Eisler, and he performs one of his own works, Frankenstein!!, with a chamber orchestra led by Santa Fe Symphony Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa.
• Over the course of two concerts, Mark Kosower, principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra, plays all six of Bach’s Solo Cello Suites.
• Five pianists—Kirill Gerstein, Katherine Chi, Gilles Vonsattel, Orion Weiss, and Cecile Licad—appear in solo recitals.
• Pianist Haochen Zhang joins the Orion String Quartet and Dover Quartet for piano quintets by Dvořák and Shostakovich.
• The Festival gives world or US premieres of eight commissioned works, including string quartets by Augusta Read Thomas, Helen Grime, and the two participants in the Festival’s 2021 Young Composers String Quartet Project, Lara Poe and Jack Hughes, as well as pieces by Brett Dean, Sean Shepherd, Michael Seltenreich, and Huw Watkins.
• Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and baritone Kelly Markgraf join clarinetist David Shifrin and the FLUX Quartet for the New Mexico premiere of Marc Neikrug’s chamber opera A Song by Mahler. The production is directed and designed by Doug Fitch and features lighting design by Nicholas Houfek.
• Artists making Festival debuts include conductor David Robertson; pianists Jacob Greenberg and Natalie Vargas Nedvetsky; violinists William Hagen, Leila Josefowicz, and Amy Oshiro-Morales; percussionist Jacob Nissly; and lighting designer Nicholas Houfek.
• Artists returning to the Festival include violinist Ida Kavafian, cellist Eric Kim, flutists Tara Helen O’Connor and Joshua Smith, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, bassoonist Christopher Millard, and the Miami String Quartet.
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All 2021 concerts will be presented in accordance with New Mexico’s public health orders.