“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 (DSE) has been dazzling audiences and invigorating the music world since its founding by flutist and Artistic Director Mimi Stillman in 2005. DSE presents highly acclaimed chamber music concerts on its home series in Philadelphia, performs on tour, commissions important new works, makes recordings, and engages in outreach and community engagement partnerships with Philadelphia public schools.
Dolce Suono Ensemble’s curatorial vision sets the music in its broadest cultural context. Its repertoire spans Baroque to new music, with programs built organically on a theme. With artists drawn from Philadelphia’s premier musical institutions – Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania – Dolce Suono Ensemble engages the audience in chamber music at a profound level through innovative, dynamic programming, talks and panel discussions by performers, scholars, and guest composers, and post-concert Meet-the-Artists.
Highlights of Dolce Suono Ensemble’s recent engagements include concerts at Symphony Space as part of the Composers Now Festival, Cornell University, Bard College, Princeton University, for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, in residence at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, in residence at Lake George Music Festival, on the Ear Heart Music series at Roulette (Brooklyn), in co-presentation with the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, and in our partnership with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of Washington National Opera at the invitation of Plácido Domingo, including a concert at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Our 2012-2013 season was devoted to “Debussy in Our Midst: A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Claude Debussy (1862-1918),” and included the premiere of Guggenheim Award-winner Fang Man’s Earth song cycle in a collaboration with dance, our first Young Composers Competition, and the launch of “Música en tus Manos” (Music in Your Hands), a new outreach initiative with the Latino community of Philadelphia. DSE won the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge 2013 for this project. Please visit “Música en tus Manos” on our website for more information.
Dolce Suono Ensemble’s active commissioning program has led to 32 world premieres in nine seasons by some of today’s most eminent composers: Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Richard Danielpour, David Ludwig, and Steven Mackey, with additional guest composers including George Crumb, Jennifer Higdon, and Ned Rorem. Dolce Suono Ensemble also commissions emerging composers, including works by rising stars Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Jeremy Gill, Fang Man, and Stratis Minakakis.
Dolce Suono Ensemble concerts and recordings are regularly broadcast by WWFM The Classical Network (NJ, PA, NY), American Public Media’s Performance Today, Sirius Satellite Radio, WRTI Radio, WHYY TV, Israel’s Kol HaMusica, and other radio broadcasts on four continents.