Presented in New York and Denmark in alternating seasons, and home to members of the Emerson String Quartet, New Music for Strings is one of the most exciting new classical music festivals in recent years.


The New Music For Strings Festival (NMFS) is delighted to announce the launch of its second annual season in June 2017.  Hosted by Stony Brook University, NMFS brings together performers and composers of contemporary classical music from across the Atlantic. The musicians work intensively during the festival alongside acclaimed experts in their respective fields in order to spread awareness of diverse music in our local communities. As the first festival concept of its kind in the world, NMFS seeks to explore the intersections between string playing and composition, and between creation and interpretation.

NMFS showcases a roster of world-class musicians alongside accomplished student participants, ranging from members of the Emerson String Quartet and faculty from Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus to graduate students from top conservatories and universities in the U.S. and Europe.  The 10-day festival features thirteen events—including six concerts, three masterclasses, four lectures and composition pre-festival workshop for high-school students.

NMFS promotes a large number of works by living American and Scandinavian composers, including local graduate student and faculty composers. This intercultural element creates a juxtaposition of styles, leading to increased awareness and perspective on our respective traditions.  The 2017 Festival will highlight contemporary American and Scandinavian repertoire, including works by Joan Tower, Bent Sørensen, Per Nørgaard, Simon-Steen Andersen, Eivind Buene, Eugene Drucker, Sheila Silver, David Allen Cutright, Daniel Weymouth, Jennifer Higdon, and Derek Bermel.

Led by Artistic Director Anne Sophie Andersen, guest artists/ensembles in NMFS 2017 include violinists Philip Setzer (Emerson String Quartet), Eugene Drucker (ESQ), Mari Kimura, and Natalie Kress; cellist Henrik Brenstrup; composers Sheila Silver, Simon Steen-Andersen, and David Allen Cutright; soprano Rachel Schutz; pianist Andrea Christie; lecturer Judith Lochhead; and ensembles in residence The Parhelion Trio, and Three Village Chamber Players.

New Music for Strings takes place in Stony Brook, NY and Aarhus, Denmark in alternating years, hosted by Stony Brook University and The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus.  The inaugural NMFS festival took place in Aarhus, Denmark August 2016.