A rollout of nearly $1.3 million has been awarded to small ensembles to commission new works by US composers, build audience engagement and foster artist development


Parker Quartet

Four string quartets have been awarded grants through the Chamber Music America (CMA) Classical Commissioning programme. The grant supports professional U.S.-based ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of classical contemporary chamber works by American composers.

The quartets, with their commissioned composers, are:

Balourdet Quartet (Boston, MA)
Composer: Karim Al-Zand

Lydian String Quartet (Roslindale, MA)
Composer: Kurt Rohde

Lyris Quartet (Los Angeles, CA)
Composer: Chris Castro

Parker Quartet (Arlington, MA)
Composer: Felipe Lara

Twelve grants totaling $209,900 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning programme, part of a wider distribution of $1,290,450 through the CMA’s six programmes to support small chamber ensembles affected by the pandemic.

This funding will provide key support for the creation, performance, and presentation of small ensemble works, community engagement/audience-building initiatives, and artist/ensemble development. 

’This has been such an extraordinary year for the small ensemble music field,” said Margaret M. Lioi, CMA’s CEO.  ’We are so grateful to our funders for helping us maintain our grant programmes during this incredibly difficult time, and applaud the creativity, fortitude, and resilience of our musicians and presenters. Despite the unprecedented challenges they faced, they were unwavering in their commitment to the music and their audiences. CMA is privileged to have helped their projects come to fruition.’ 

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