Arcus Collective Performs Works from Berio and Others in NY, April 13

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Arcus Collective is presenting a concert of ten world premiere performances of newly commissioned works by composers from around the world. Each work will be paired with a selection from Luciano Berio’s Duetti per Due Violini on April 13, 8 p.m. at The DiMenna Center, Benzaquen Hall. Tickets are $10 and available at

Berio dedicated each of his Duetti per Due Violini to someone from his diverse and personal network of artists, collaborators, and friends. In this spirit, Arcus Collective has commissioned ten musically diverse composers to write a new work for two violins and trumpet dedicated to someone personally influential. The ten featured composers are Ashkan Behzadi (Iran), Agustí Charles (Spain), Nicoletta Chatzopoulou (Greece), Fjóla Evans (Iceland), Texu Kim (South Korea), Caroline Miller (USA), Fernanda Navarro (Brazil), Celeste Oram (New Zealand), Kristofer Svensson (Sweden), and Sam Wells (USA).

Arcus Collective was founded in 2016 by violinists Maya Bennardo (USA) and Marc Charles (Spain), and trumpeter/composer Sam Wells (USA) with the mission to celebrate the personal connections that make the musical community vibrant.

Ashkan Behzadi is an Iranian composer residing in New York City. Ashkan’s music has been performed by various ensembles internationally, including Divertimento Ensemble, neuverBand ensemble, Exaudi, Wet Ink, Talea Ensemble, Ekmeles, Yarn/Wire, NAMES Ensemble, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Esprit Orchestra. Ashkan is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in composition at Columbia University. More information is available at

Agustí Charles has garnered much recognition for his compositions, receiving nearly fifty awards, among these are the most important national and international composition prizes. He has also received commissions from important institutions and prestigious performers, as a result of which his music is performed worldwide. Presently, he teaches composition at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Aragón (Spain). More information is available at

Nicoleta Chatzopoulou studied composition and viola da gamba at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. She has taken part in numerous early music concerts as a viola da gamba player and has performed with various ensembles in Greece and abroad.
She has collaborated with ensembles such as the Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, Modelo 62, Nieuw Ensemble etc. as well as with the Leipzig Opera house.

Fjóla Evans, a Canadian composer and cellist originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, writes both electronic and acoustic music. Her workhas been performed by ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Contemporaneous, Bearthoven trio, and Architek Percussion. Fjóla is pursuing graduate studies in composition at the Yale School of Music. More information is available at

Texu Kim’s works have been performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain (France), Ensemble Modern (Germany), Ensemble Reconsil Vienna (Austria), Minnesota Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound (USA), National Orchestra of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), among many others. Texu is currently teaching music theory at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. More information is available at

Caroline Louise Miller’s music has been performed by Forest Collective, WasteLAnd, Wild Rumpus Ensemble, members of the Lyris Quartet, and the Inoo-Kallay Duo. Caroline is a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at University of California San Diego. More information is available at

Fernanda Aoki Navarro is a composer born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, based in San Diego, California. She graduated in music composition at University of Sao Paulo, moved to the United States in 2011, where she did her Masters at UC Santa Cruz. She’s a Ph.D. candidate at UC San Diego. More information is available at

Celeste Oram is a New Zealand composer who was born in Manhattan. Her works have been performed and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Song Company (Sydney). Celeste is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of California San Diego. More information is available at

Kristofer Svensson is a Swedish composer whose music has been performed by soloists and groups such as Mats Persson, Kristine Scholz, Musica Vitae String Orchestra, andPlay, Håkon Stene, Fukuoka Earth Rhythm Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, Ko Ishikawa, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Hugo Ticciati, Nicholas Photinos, and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. More information is available at

Sam Wells is a composer, performer, and music technologist based in New York City. Sam has performed throughout the North America, as well as in China and France. More information is available at