category: Performer Bio

Bennardo-Larson Duo

Friday, January 18th, 2019

The Bennardo-Larson Duo is a contemporary classical duo committed to the performance of forward thinking works for violin and piano. Comprised of Maya Bennardo (violin) and Karl Larson (piano), the duo was formed in 2016 when they undertook the task of learning and performing Charles Ives’s complete works for violin and piano. Since then, the duo has become known for their annual ‘Ives of March’ concerts, which take place in New York City every March 15. Bennardo and Larson are both fierce advocates of contemporary music, and the bulk of their programming is intended to illuminate new repertoire for their instrumentation along with intrepid works from the past that laid the foundation for our current musical climate.

The duo was been featured on the Bowerbird Series in Philadelphia, PA, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Performances Series in Toledo, OH, and the Music Mansion in Providence, RI, as well as hometown venues including The Owl Music Parlor, the Areté Venue and Gallery, and Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Their programming features the complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Charles Ives, Morton Feldman’s monumental For John Cage, and a wind’s whisper, a program featuring works by John Cage, Michael Pisaro, Eva Maria Houben, and two newly commissioned pieces by Adrian Knight and Kristofer Svensson.

Beyond the concert stage, Bennardo and Larson are passionate educators, offering workshops in contemporary string and piano technique for performers and composers. They have offered masterclasses and lectures at notable institutions including the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

Carl Christian Bettendorf

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Carl Christian Bettendorf is a New York-based composer/conductor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied composition with Hans-Jürgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm in Munich and Karlsruhe before moving to New York, where he received his doctorate from Columbia University under Tristan Murail.  Bettendorf’s compositions have been played at many prestigious venues and festivals on four continents. He has received numerous awards, among them a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska, and the MacDowell Colony; and commissions from the Fromm Foundation and the Ralph Kaminsky Fund.  As a conductor, Mr. Bettendorf has worked closely with ensembles in New York (Wet Ink, counter)induction; Ghost and Talea ensembles) and abroad (piano possibile inMunich, Ostravská banda in the Czech Republic) and is currently director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra (Purchase, NY). He recently conducted opera productions at Bard College and the Opéra national de Montpellier (France) and has served as assistant conductor for the Columbia University and American Composers orchestras, Miller Theatre, and the Munich Biennale. Mr. Bettendorf has recorded for the Albany, ArtVoice, Carrier, Cybele, Hat Hut, Indexical, and Tzadik labels.

Charlotte Mundy

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Soprano Charlotte Mundy is known for applying her precise, kaleidoscopic vocal control and unaffected stage presence to performances of the most complex and ambitious new music.  She has been described as “preternaturally focused”(NYTimes) and a “daredevil with an unbreakable spine” (SF Classical Voice).  Mundy recently performed John Cage’s Songbook and Julius Eastman’s Macle with SEM ensemble in Poland, Iannis Xenakis’ Akanthos with Ensemble Échappé in New York City, and Henning Christiansen’s fluxus-era opera Delijt Ver i Dag with Apartment House in Copenhagen. She has given critically acclaimed performances Pierrot Lunaire, Le Marteau sans Maître and Morton Feldman’s Three Voices.

Mundy regularly “slays the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (WQXR) with TAK, a mixed quintet whose debut album, ‘Ecstatic Music,’ was named one of the 10 best classical recordings of 2016 by the Boston Globe.  TAK has performed at venues such as the Library of Congress, Roulette and Reykjavik’s Harpa Hall, and given residencies at Columbia University,  Stanford University and Boston University, among others. With Ekmeles vocal ensemble – a “brilliant young ensemble… defining a fresh and virtuosic American sound” (The New Yorker) – Mundy sings stratospheric microtonal lines in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Kitchen, Skaneateles Music Festival, and Music Mondays.

Mundy has performed in music theatre and multidisciplinary works on the BAM Next Wave Festival, Under the Radar Festival, Park Avenue Armory, St. Ann’s Warehouse and Abrons Arts Center, working with theatre makers Paul Lazar, Cynthia Hopkins, Katie Brook and Rachel Chavkin, and visual artist Martin Creed. In several collaborations with choreographer Miro Magloire, Mundy danced while performing the works of Saariaho, Feldman and Cage.

Conrad Tao

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, performing to acclaim from critics and audiences alike. His accolades and awards include being a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts gold medal-winner in music, a Gilmore Young Artist, an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner, and a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist. The former prodigy continues to emerge as a mature, thoughtful and thought-provoking artist, confidently pushing boundaries as a leading performer, composer, curator, and commissioner, championing new music while continuing to present core repertoire in a new light.

His 2018-19 season begins with the World Premiere of Everything Must Go, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic, as well as the inauguration of their new Nightcap series. He makes his LA Opera debut in the West Coast premiere of David Lang’s, the loser, where he plays the onstage role of the apparition and memory of Glenn Gould. In January 2019, Tao and dancer-choreographer Caleb Teicher continue to develop More Forever as part of Guggenheim’s Works & Process series.

Tao continues to perform concertos with orchestras around the world including returns to the Swedish Radio, San Diego, Baltimore, Pacific, and Colorado symphonies, as well as with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa. Conrad also performs duo chamber music concerts with violinist Stefan Jackiw, including a debut performance at 92Y, ensemble engagements with the JCT Trio around the world, as well as solo recital programs.

Tao’s career as composer has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI, and he has been commissioned by the Dallas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Washington Performing Arts Society, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and others. Tao is Warner Classics recording artist, and his first two albums Voyages and Pictures have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, and many more.

Friends of MATA

Friday, January 18th, 2019

With the goal of bringing together players from New York’s many and diverse new music ensembles, the Friends of MATA (FOM) was founded in 2016 as the resident ensemble of MATA, making their debut in music of Lula Romero and Helen Papaioannou at the 2016 MATA Festival. With a flexible instrumentation that ranges from duos, to string quartet, to chamber orchestra, they have “triumphed in transporting a fully sensory and imaginative experience” (Seen and Heard International) in works by a veritable United Nations of composers, including composers from Kurdistan, Thailand, Italy, and America.