Schneider Concerts

  • 2017-2018 Season: Discover Outstanding Chamber Ensembles, Artists, and Works

    In 1957, when the series was founded, excellent financially and physically accessible chamber music was a rarity. Lincoln Center had just been built, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was still more than a decade away. Founding artistic director Alexander Schneider saw a need and brought outstanding, affordable concerts to The New School. He led brilliant chamber orchestra performances, introduced exceptional young artists and ensembles, and brought new music to the series — all at ticket prices anyone could afford. Six decades later, audiences still need outstanding, accessible, affordable, and adventurous concerts, and the Schneider Concerts continues to provide them.

    Outstanding young artists from the United States and abroad join the ranks of the illustrious musicians who performed in the series early in their careers — artists including Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Guarneri String Quartet.

    Alexander Schneider, founder and music director (1957–1993)
    Music advisors: John Dalley, Pamela Frank,* Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin,* Anthony McGill,* Kurt Muroki,* Tara O'Connor, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree
    Advisory committee members: Mark Epstein, Fiona Fein, Theodore Harris, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen,* Jani Tree, Helen Wright
    *Alumna or alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar

    All concerts take place at The New School's Auditorium, located at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues).

    Subscriptions are on sale now — download the form with the link to the right. Single tickets can be purchased online beginning in mid-August 2017.

    Schneider Concerts' Sixty-second Season


    Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    "Supreme melodic control and total authority" — Calgary Herald
    Clara Kim and Jason Isoksson, violin
    Dana Kelley, viola; Joanna Whang, cello

    Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74, No. 1 (1793)
    Kerrith Livengood This is my Scary Robot Voice (2016)
    Leoš Janácek String Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters) (1928)


    Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    "Highly sensitive, delicately transparent" — Südwest Presse (Germany)
    Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda, violin
    Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387 (Spring) (1785)
    Murray Schafer String Quartet No. 2 (Waves) (1976)
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 (1871)


    Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    "Discovery and adventure ... considerable finesse" — San Diego Times Union
    Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violin
    Jinsun Hong, viola; Alex Cox, cello

    Béla Bartók String Quartet No. 3 (1927)
    Pierre Jalbert Icefield Sonnets (2004)
    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1807)


    Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    "Astonishing virtuosity, subtly beautiful phrasing" — Palm Beach Daily News
    Dan Graser, soprano saxophone; Zach Stern, alto saxophone
    Joe Girard, tenor saxophone; Danny Hawthorne-Foss, baritone saxophone

    David Kechley Rush (2002)
    Dmitri Shostakovich/arr. Graser String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 (1960)
    David Biedenbender Cerulean (2017) — World Premiere
    Carl Maria von Weber/arr. Graser Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34 (1815) — with Anthony McGill, Clarinet


    Sunday, February 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    "Something extraordinary" — New York Times
    Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violin
    Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

    Felix Mendelssohn Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2 (1837)
    Augusta Read Thomas SPIRALS: life force (from Helix Spirals) (2015)
    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133) (1825)


    Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    Grand Prize 2017, Plowman Competition
    Pedro Rodríguez Rodríguez and Patricia Quintero García, violin
    Inés Picado Molares, viola; Justin Goldsmith, cello

    Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 1 (1781)
    Thomas Adès Four Quarters, Op. 28 (2010)
    Benjamin Britten String Quartet No. 2 in C Major (1945)

    Contact Us

    New School Concerts
    55 West 13th Street, room 929
    New York, NY 10011
    Fax: 212.229.5306


    The Schneider Concerts focuses on presenting outstanding emerging chamber ensembles. If you would like us to consider your ensemble for an upcoming series, please note that our season of six to seven Sunday afternoon concerts runs from October to April. Please submit the following materials by email to or by mail to New School Concerts, 55 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011:

    • Downloadable recordings (or a CD if you choose to mail your materials) of three to four complete works; please include classical or contemporary repertoire for at least two of the works. We do welcome submissions of contemporary and modern works as well.
    • Repertoire proposals for the upcoming season. Please give us at least a few options and include timing.
    • Ensemble biography.

    Please make sure all components of your submission are clearly labeled with your ensemble's name and that you have included contact information with your submission. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts, this series was renamed the Schneider Concerts in 1993 in honor of founding artistic director Alexander Schneider. Its mission is to provide exposure for outstanding emerging professional chamber artists and to present high-quality chamber music performances at modest ticket prices to ensure access for all New Yorkers.

    The Schneider Concerts Series is made possible with support from our subscribers and the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Please call 212.229.5873 or email if you would like to join our supporters and to find out more about planned giving.