“Adventurous Philadelphia ensemble” – Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
“All programs should have this much to say, and say it so well.” – David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Dolce Suono Ensemble eloquently advocates for new music.”
– Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
Dolce Suono Ensemble has been dazzling audiences and invigorating the music world since its founding by flutist and Artistic Director Mimi Stillman in 2005. The ensemble presents critically acclaimed chamber music concerts on its home series in Philadelphia, performs on tour, commissions important new works, makes recordings, and engages in community engagement partnerships. Dolce Suono Ensemble was Chamber Music America’s featured American Ensemble and has been highly praised by The New York Times as an “adventurous ensemble.”
Dolce Suono Ensemble presents dynamic and innovative programming of repertoire that spans Baroque to new music. Its curatorial vision sets the music in its broadest cultural context with programs built organically on a theme, for example, the celebrated Mahler 100 – Schoenberg 60, Debussy in Our Midst: A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Samuel Barber at 100: The Composer and His World, and Tribute to Julius Baker. The ensemble’s Música en tus Manos project, its initiative with the Latino community, won the Knight Arts Challenge.
Dolce Suono Ensemble has performed recently at venues including Symphony Space, Southern Exposure New Music Series (SC), Roulette (Brooklyn), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Princeton University, Bard College, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and served as ensemble-in-residence at Cornell University, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and Lake George Music Festival. The ensemble enjoys a partnership with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of Washington National Opera at the invitation of Plácido Domingo and a co-presenting collaboration with the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dolce Suono Ensemble’s active commissioning program, with 44 world premieres in 11 seasons, has been a major force in building the repertoire. The ensemble has commissioned some of today’s most eminent composers, including Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, Steven Mackey, David Ludwig, Jeremy Gill, Zhou Tian, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Fang Man, as well as outstanding emerging composers through its Young Composers Competition. The ensemble’s recordings include the much lauded “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres” (Innova) with Mimi Stillman, flute and Charles Abramovic, piano, and the recently released “Freedom” with Mimi Stillman, flute and Charles Abramovic, piano, joined by Yumi Kendall, cello, in premiere recordings by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Richard Danielpour, and David Finko. Dolce Suono Ensemble concerts and recordings are regularly broadcast by WWFM, (Mimi Stillman co-host), “Performance Today”, WRTI, WNYC, WHYY TV, Kol HaMusica (Israel), and by other radio stations on four continents. www.dolcesuono.com