DOLCE SUONO ENSEMBLE has been thrilling audiences and invigorating the music world since its founding by flutist and Artistic Director Mimi Stillman in 2005. Hailed as “an adventurous ensemble” (The New York Times) and “One of the most dynamic groups in the US!” (The Huffington Post), 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 presents dynamic and innovative programs of Baroque to new repertoire with historian Mimi Stillman’s curatorial vision setting the music in its broadest cultural context. Some of its artistically and intellectually powerful projects include the celebrated Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60, Debussy in Our Midst: A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Claude Debussy, A Place and a Name: Remembering the Holocaust, Dolce Suono Ensemble Goes to the Opera, Women Pioneers of American Music, and Música en tus Manos (Music in Your Hands), our engagement initiative with the Latino Community. “All programs should have this much to say and say it so well.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Dolce Suono Ensemble has performed at venues including Merkin Hall, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Southern Exposure New Music Series (SC), Brooklyn’s Roulette, University of Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, University of Virginia, Symphony Space, Great Hall Series (MA), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, Bard College, Eastman School of Music, National Flute Association, Virginia Tech, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Princeton University, Brandeis University, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Penn State University. The ensemble enjoys a partnership with the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the invitation of Plácido Domingo.
Dolce Suono Ensemble has contributed major new works to the chamber music repertoire through commissioning, giving 54 world premieres in 14 seasons. Some of today’s most eminent composers have written for the ensemble including Jennifer Higdon, Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Steven Mackey, David Ludwig, and Zhou Tian. The ensemble’s recordings Freedom, music for flute, piano, and the human spirit, Odyssey: 11 American Premieres, both featuring Mimi Stillman, flute and Charles Abramovic, piano, and American Canvas featuring Dolce Suono Trio (Innova Recordings), have been critically acclaimed. Dolce Suono Ensemble concerts and recordings are broadcast internationally.
The ensemble has won grant awards including from the National Endowment for the Arts, William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, The Presser Foundation, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Fromm Music Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.