Company 

Percussionist Jonny Allen (Ensemble) has been described by the Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw-dropping virtuosity.” Jonny is a Brooklyn based percussionist whose passion for music is contagious. He has won prizes at both the International Chamber Music Competition and the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg, giving respective performances at Carnegie Hall and Schloss Hoch in Flachau, Austria. Jonny has also performed as a drum set soloist with Ghana's National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theatre in Accra...(more) (Sandbox Percussion)

Dedicated to performing and developing new work, Brooklyn-based soprano Eliza Bagg (Ensemble) has worked closely on projects with a number of prominent and emerging composers including John Zorn, Michael Gordon, Chris Cerrone, Judd Greenstein, Bill Britelle, Amy Beth Kirsten, Olga Bell, and Emily Hall, among others. Her '16-'17 season includes John Zorn's Commedia dell'Arte at the Guggenheim, Infinite Palette's presentation of electro-acoustic art songs by Bill Britelle, Missy Mazzoli, and Daniel Wohl...(more)

American cellist Ashley Bathgate (Ensemble) has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer...(more)

Victor Caccese (Ensemble) has a passion for percussion chamber music and is a founding member of the stunning Brooklyn-based percussion quartet, Sandbox Percussion. Victor graduated with his masters degree from the Yale School of Music in 2013. During his time at Yale, he discovered his love for education having coached the Yale Band Percussion Group and giving private percussion lessons to Yale University students. Victor is active in the discovery of new works for percussion through experimentation and collaboration with composers and other performers. This fall, with Sandbox Percussion, he will premiere two brand new works by composers Alex Weiser, and Thomas Kotcheff at The DiMenna Center in Manhattan. (more)

American Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn (Ensemble) performs in a wide range of styles and venues, from Purcell to Pierrot Lunaire, Cherubino to The King & I, J.S. Bach to P.D.Q. Bach. She was featured in the revival and tour of Phillip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, performed at venues around the world from 2011–2014, and she is currently singing the role of Belle in Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, also on tour. She has performed with New York City Opera, The Wooster Group, OperaOmnia, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s...(more)

Cellist Hannah Collins (Ensemble) is a dynamic performer and collaborator devoted to diverse forms of musical expression.  Winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, Hannah takes an active role in expanding the repertoire for cello and has commissioned and premiered solo works by composers such as Caroline Shaw, Patrick van Deurzen, and Timo Andres.  With support from the Presser Foundation, Hannah spent 2009-2011 in France and The Netherlands researching and performing contemporary European cello repertoire...(more

Director / Designer Mark DeChiazza (Co-Artistic Director) recently called “wildly imaginative” and “a tour de force” by the Washington Post. Colombine’s Paradise Theater his latest music-theater work with composer Amy Beth Kirsten continues a relationship with multiple-Grammy winning ensemble eighth blackbird that began in 2009 with his acclaimed production of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. (Mark's website)

Soprano Lindsay Kesselman (Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director) was recently hailed by Fanfare Magazine as "simply gorgeous...with a fully loaded palette of tone color." She is a soprano quickly becoming known for her soulful singing and her exemplary musicianship. She passionately advocates for contemporary music in America, actively commissioning and collaborating... (Lindsay's website)

Composer / Librettist / Vocalist Amy Beth Kirsten (Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director) spent a decade playing in clubs and bars in Chicago. She was the recipient of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, a Rockefeller Foundation Artist Fellowship, and a Fromm Foundation Commission. (amy's website)

Denisa Musilova (Ensemble) is a Czech choreographer and performer based in NYC. She has collaborated with Pavel Zustiak's Palissimo, Deganit Shemy & Company, Bill Young & Colleen Thomas Dance, LEIMAY Dance Company, Tami Stronach Dance, Mirenka Cechova, Ko Murobushi, Netta Yerushalmy, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Mari Osanai, Daiichiro Yuyama and Yukio Waguri, among others. Currently she is dancing in the production of “Viva La Mama” (dir. R. Vizvary) at the National Theater in Prague...(more)

Poet / Novelist Mariko Nagai (Co-Artistic Director) was born in Tokyo and raised in Europe and America. She studied English/Creative Writing - Poetry at New York University. Her numerous honors include the Erich Maria Remarque Fellowship from New York University, fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Akademie Schloss Solitude. She has received the Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction. (Mariko's website)

The American soprano, Molly Cathleen Netter (Ensemble), has premiered numerous works by David Lang, Simon Emmerson, Ran Duan, and Sven-David Sandström at The Kennedy Center, Yale School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Bachwoche Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling. She enlivens complex and beautiful music with a voice described as “crisp and clear, white yet warm” (Seen and Heard International). As a soprano soloist, she has performed with Julliard415 at Lincoln Center and toured internationally in Japan, Singapore and Burma under Masaaki Suzuki...(more)

Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum (Co-Artistic Director) has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition. Ian joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. (more) (Sandbox Percussion)

Lighting Designer Mary Ellen Stebbins (Co-Artistic Director). Recent lighting design credits include QUIXOTE (Peak Performances @ Alexander Kasser Theatre), Beardo (Pipeline Theatre), Orpheus Unsung (Guthrie Theater), Cowboy Bob (Ars Nova), Colombine’s Paradise Theatre (eighth blackbird), Song Cycle with Matt Aucoin (Peabody Essex Museum), I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr), and LongYarn (Bushwick Starr) for which she received a Henry Hewes nomination in 2016...(more)

Percussionist Terry Sweeney (Ensemble) is a member of  Sandbox Percussion, Le Train Bleu, Novus NY, the Lunar Ensemble, and HOWL - a new interdisciplinary performance ensemble. As a member of Sandbox Percussion, Terry has performed over fifty concerts across the United States. With Sandbox, Terry has presented masterclasses at the Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Cornell University, and Furman University. 2016 marked the inaugural year of the NYU-Sandbox Percussion seminar...(more)

Since 2015, American harpist Maura Valenti (Ensemble) has been a MPhil student in Musicology at the University of Oxford under the supervision from Prof Suzanne Aspden. Her dissertation is entitled: 'Irish Music as "Other" and "Ours": The Case of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival.' She received her Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, major studies with Nancy Allen (principal harp, New York Philharmonic). Her degree was received with Scholastic Distinction. She has enjoyed diverse opportunities to meet new colleagues and perform throughout the northeastern United States as well as abroad, most recently in Germany and the Netherlands.