“Leading this unlikely intersection of classical music and fashion” - The New York Times
"...bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre" - VICE
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based, all-women contemporary classical music ensemble that is "bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre" (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.
To provide opportunities for composers, NCP holds annual Calls for Scores, Calls for Proposals, and commissions new work via the NCP Commissioning Fund. The collaborative nature of its work also allows the ensemble to create opportunities for artists from a variety of disciplines.
NCP has performed at exciting venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fisher, (le) poisson rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Korea Gallery, Symphony Space, The Center for Fiction, White Box, and Issue Project Room as part of MATA’s Interval series. Fashion shows include CFDA winner Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Kempner Collection, Ecco Domani winner Novis, Tanya Taylor, and more. Its projects are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and other generous foundations and individual donors.
Laura Cocks, Flute
Mara Mayer, Clarinet
Maya Bennardo, Violin
Thea Mesirow, Cello
Sugar Vendil, Piano
Eric Umble, Clarinet
Joe Tucker, Percussion
Sugar Vendil, Founder/Executive Director
Mara Mayer, Artistic Director
Justin Kantor, (le) poisson rouge
Marilyn Nonken, Pianist