The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists was a two-week experience consisting of performances, individual lessons, coachings, and workshops for 30 participating string Fellows, composers, choreographers, and dancers.
With residencies and performances in upstate New York (PS21/Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) and New York City (American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival), Fellows collaborated with some of today’s most exciting composers, performed a program of all world premieres, participated in workshops and recording sessions of new works, and explored multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation. As part of our commitment to supporting the artists of tomorrow, the program is, and always has been, “pay-what-you-can.”
The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a program of world premieres for string orchestra, including by 2023 Guest Artist and guitarist/composer Yvette Young, 2022 Pulitzer-Finalist Leilehua Lanzilotti, composer/violinist (and 2022 Festival alum) Che Buford, saxophonist/composer Matthew Evan Taylor, and Peter Askim (The Next Festival’s Artistic Director).
As part of our 2023 Season, The Next Festival was an American Composers Orchestra EarShot Partner Orchestra, supporting emerging composers and the creation of new music and will be presented by ACO as part of its 2023 SONiC Festival in New York City.
The Festival will be going into the recording studio in early 2024 to make the World Premiere recording of Yvette Young’s music. Join us on the journey by donating to our fundraiser here. Proceeds will pay for 2023 Fellows to reunite and make this amazing music available to the whole world!
Stay tuned for news about our 2024 Season soon!