Save the Date for our 2020 Season!

We’re excited to announce the dates of next year’s Next Festival of Emerging Artists, which will be held from Sunday, May 24 through Saturday, June 6.

Our 2020 Guest Artist will be cellist Ashley Bathgate, an “eloquent new music interpreter” (The New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Ashley was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars for 10 years. She is also a member of the ensemble HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.

We will again be performing at Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY, with other details and venues to be announced in early 2020. Stay tuned!

Latest News

Review: Miranda Cuckson (violin) Orchestra of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists/Peter Askim, The Strad, 7/25/19

Music Mountain Festival of Emerging Artists benefits Hunt Library, The Litchfield County Times, 5/29/19

Music Interview: Peter Askim’s Next Festival Of Emerging Artists, WSHU Public Radio, 5/28/19

Interview: The Next Festival Of Emerging Artists, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, 5/24/19

Marshall Miles Interviews Peter Askim, Robin Hood Radio on Demand, 5/13/19

We’re excited to announce that The Next Festival of Emerging Artists has been awarded grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, ASCAP Foundation, Amphion Foundation, Cornwall Foundation and Williamson Foundation.

About the Festival

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a two-week immersive experience for the modern string player, composer, and choreographer. It provides a comprehensive approach to entrepreneurial career-building, contemporary music performance, and intensive, personalized artistic development.

Founded in 2013 and led by composer, conductor, and bassist Peter Askim, the Next Festival has featured some of the most prominent figures in new music today: guest artists including Tony Arnold, Matt Haimovitz, Jennifer Koh, Nadia Sirota, Richard Thompson, Jeffrey Zeigler, and the string quartet ETHEL; and composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Liisa Hirsch, Pierre Jalbert, Phil Kline, Jessica Meyer, Richard Thompson, and Aleksandra Vrebalov; as well as choreographer Christopher D’Amboise.

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Behind The Scenes Documentary

Composer/Choreographer Workshop


With Gracious Support From


The Amphion Foundation   •   The Cornwall Foundation  •  The Williamson Foundation