nienteForte is excited and proud to announce our featured performers and ensembles for Season 14. All events are free and open to the public (donations are welcome).
A member of the Quijote Duo and the Music of the Americas Project, Sixto is a music and performing arts enthusiast. He is enjoying an active career as a performer, teacher and composer, having concertized in Europe, United States, Mexico and Uruguay.
Sixto Franco is passionate about chamber music and has had the honor to perform with Eighth Black Bird, International Chamber Artists, Symbiosis Ensemble in L.A., the Kaia String Quartet, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Music Festival and the Gesher Music Festival in St. Louis, MO. Recently, Sixto has made an appearance in “Broadcast from home”, an highly
collaborative project created and developed by composer and community-maker Lisa Bielawa.
Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Julia Den Boer, piano) is an ensemble with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. The “expert young trio” (Strad Magazine) takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a Cold War era CIA operation that promoted American avant-garde artists in Europe. “Fearlessly accomplished” (Arts Desk UK), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence and new music advocacy.
For over a decade Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas has been thrilling audiences with their “engaging musicality and easy sense of ensemble” (Cleveland Classical) and “superb” performances (Boston Globe). Bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock relish the creative potential of working with living composers, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” With a commissioned repertoire of over 90 works, they have released three albums on New Focus Recordings: Right now, in a second, named a top-ten local album of 2020 by The Boston Globe; Wired, “a must-add to any new music lover’s library” according to I Care If You Listen; and Sift, which KLANG New Music called “one of the more refreshing things I’ve heard in recent years.”
Originally from Transylvania, Katalin Lukács is a prizewinning pianist based in New Orleans. As a soloist she has appeared with orchestras both in Europe and in the United States. In addition to performing works of the classical repertoire, Katalin is an avid promoter of contemporary music. She is featured on recordings of many 20th century composers including releases on Mode and New World Records of Stockhausen, Scelsi, and Stuart Saunders Smith. Together with soprano Stephanie Aston in 2014 she formed Astralis Duo, a voice and piano duo focused on presenting new music through innovative performances and on promoting works by women composers. Katalin is also member of Versipel New Music, an organization dedicated to bringing contemporary music to the New Orleans area.