Schneider Concerts

  • 2019-2018 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,* Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin,* Anthony McGill,* Kurt Muroki,* Tara O'Connor, Arnold Steinhardt
    Advisory committee members: Mark Epstein, Fiona Fein, 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' 2018-19 Season

    SHATTERED GLASS chamber orchestra

    Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

    Collaborative, conductorless, versatile and virtuosic chamber orchestra

    Pascal Le Boeuf Transition Behavior (2016) 
    Caroline Shaw Entr'Acte (2011/2014) 
    Osvaldo Golijov Last Round (1996)
    Béla Bartók Divertimento (1939)

    WINDSYNC wind quintet

    Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including intermission

    This prizewinning Houston-based wind quintet builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music.

    Garrett Hudson, flute
    Emily Tsai, oboe
    Julian Hernandez, clarinet
    Kara LaMoure, bassoon
    Anni Hochhalter, horn

    Miguel Del Aguila Quintet No. 2 for Winds (1994)
    Antone Reicha Quintet in E flat major, Op. 88 No. 2 (1818)
    Alberto Ginastera Three Argentinian Dances (1937)
    Dietrerich Buxtehude Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161(c. 1690)
    John Steinmetz What’s Going On (2018) – NY Premiere 


    Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 2 hours, including intermission

    2018 Grand Prize Winner Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

    Paul Aguilar and Rachel Stenzel, violin 
    Eva Kennedy, viola; Hannah Mose, cello

    Franz Schubert - String Quartet in C Minor, D 703 (1820)               
    Béla Bartók String Quartet No. 6 (1939) 
    Francisco Coll Cantos (2017) - NY premiere
    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2 (1806) 


    Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 2 hours, including intermission

    1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish Herald, and "superb storytelling by four great communicators" by The Strad Magazine

    Colin Scobie and George Smith, violins
    Elliott Perks, viola; Duncan Strachan, cello

    Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in E flat Op 71, No 3 (1793) 
    Joey Roukens Visions at Sea (2011)
    Robert Schumann String Quartet Op. 41, No. 1 (1842) 


    Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including intermission

    "...blazing, larger-than-life performance…” – The Washington Post

    Alexandra Kozovsky and Gershon Gerchikov, violin 
    Jan Gruning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590 (1790)
    John Harbison Quartet No. 6 (2016)
    Felix Mendelssohn Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 (1847)


    Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
    Program approximately 2 hours, including intermission

    " ...effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack" - London Times

    Omri Epstein, piano
    Mathieu van Bellen, violin
    Ori Epstein, cello

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Trio G Major, KV 564 (1788)
    Mark-Anthony Turnage I. Slow Pavane (2004-05) II. Fast Stomp (2004) III. Short Procession (2003)
    Johannes Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 (1854)

    Programs Subject To Change Without Notice

    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 Romantic repertoire for at least two of the works. We do welcome submissions of contemporary and modern works for the remainder.
    • 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.

    NOTE: We cannot engage you if are not an American citizen, or do not have the appropriate work visa

    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.