• Outstanding young artists from the United States and abroad join the ranks of the illustrious musicians who performed in the series early in their careers—artists including Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Guarneri String Quartet.

    Alexander Schneider, founder and music director (1957–1993)

    Music advisors: John Dalley, Pamela Frank,* Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin,* Anthony McGill,* Kurt Muroki,* Tara O'Connor, Arnold Steinhardt

    Advisory committee members: Mark Epstein, Fiona Fein, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen,* Jani Tree

    *Alum of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.


    2023–2024 Season

    Exceptional emerging artists perform beloved, familiar chamber pieces and introduce audiences to new works by outstanding living composers. All concerts will be held in The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride).

    Season subscriptions are available by mail and online here. For single tickets, please use the links below each concert listing.

    Notos Piano Quartet

    Sunday, October 22, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

    Robert Schumann:  Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 (1842)
    Bryce Dessner: Piano Quartet "Spirals" (2020)—U.S. Premiere
    Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 (1861)

    This concert will be approximately one hour and 45 minutes, including intermission.

    Location: The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride)

    Purchase single tickets to the Notos performance here.


    Zelter Quartet—New York Debut

    Sunday, November 19, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

    Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13 (1827)
    Jessie Montgomery: String Quartet "Strum" (2006; revised 2012)
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1933)

    This concert will be approximately one hour and 40 minutes, including intermission.

    Location: The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride)

    Purchase single tickets for the Zelter performance here


    Balourdet Quartet

    Sunday, December 10, 2023 2:00 p.m.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 (1783)
    Karim Al-Zand: String Quartet "Strange Machines" (2022)
    Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 (1808)

    This concert will be approximately one hour and 50 minutes, including intermission.

    Location: The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride)

    Purchase single tickets for the Balourdet performance here.


    Quartet Integra—New York Debut

    Sunday, March 3, 2024, 2:00 p.m.

    Robert Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 (1842)
    John Zorn: Cat O’Nine Tails (1999)
    Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 (1826)

    This concert will be approximately one hour and 50 minutes, including intermission.

    Location: The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride)

    Purchase single tickets for the Quartet Integra performance here.


    Poiesis String Quartet—New York Debut

    Sunday, April 7, 2024, 2:00 p.m.

    Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 (1875)
    Kevin Lau: String Quartet No. 3 (2014)—New York Premiere
    Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet No. 2 (1994)
    Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 5 (1934)

    The concert will be approximately one hour and 35 minutes, including intermission.

    Location: The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride)

    Purchase single tickets for the Poiesis performance here.


    Terra String Quartet

    Sunday, April 28, 2024, 2:00 p.m.

    Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5 (1772)
    Caroline Shaw: String Quartet "Entr'acte" (2011)
    Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1893)

    This concert will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes, including intermission.

    Location: The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) (the entrance is appropriate for Access-a-Ride)

    To purchase single tickets for the Terra performance here.


    Watch Past Performances

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    • March 20, 2022: Balourdet Quartet—New York debut | Haydn, Brahms, Debussy, and Nina C. Young
    • April 10, 2022: Abeo Quartet | Haydn, Shostakovich, and Billy Childs
    • May 15, 2022: PUBLIQuartet | Vijay Ayer, Rhiannon Giddens, and improvisations inspired by Dvořák, Coleman, Waller, and many more
    • November 6, 2022: Calidore and Abeo String Quartets | Performance of excerpts by Mendelssohn and Han Lash
    • November 20, 2022: Ivalas String Quartet—New York debut | Beethoven, Golijov, and Eleanor Alberga
    • January 15, 2023: Viano String Quartet with guest violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt | Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Krzysztof Penderecki, Astor Piazzolla, and Franz Schubert
    • March 19, 2023: Isidore String Quartet—New York debut | Bach, Britten, Aida Shirazi, and Dinuk Wijeratne
    • April 2, 2023: Umama Womama flute, viola, and harp trio—New York debut | Excerpted performance of works by Saint-Saëns and the members of this composer-performer collective: Valerie Coleman, Han Lash, Nokuthula Ngwenyama
    • May 7, 2023: WindSync | Jean-Philippe Rameau, Miguel del Aguila, Valerie Coleman, Mark Mellits, Akshaya Avril Tucker, and Nathalie Joachim

    The Copland Fund provided support for live performances of contemporary American works during the 2022–2023 season.

    The Schneider Concerts Is Committed to Accessibility

    • Accessible seating, large-print programs, and assistive listening devices are available at all live events.
    • Streamed events include captions and voiceover of any information provided only by text on video.
    • Tickets purchased for streamed events include the premiere and the ability to replay the event as many times as desired over the next 30 days.
    • When purchasing your ticket, please make note of any additional accommodations you may require, or contact us at nsc@newschool.edu.
    • The performance location, 66 West 12th Street, is accessible to Access-a-Ride.
    • Please contact us if you see something we could improve.

    Information for Ensembles Interested in Appearing in the Series

    The Schneider Concerts focuses on presenting outstanding emerging chamber ensembles. If you would like us to consider your ensemble for an upcoming series, please note that our season of Sunday afternoon concerts runs from October to April. Please submit the following materials by email to nsc@newschool.edu or by mail to New School Concerts, 55 West 13th Street, room 929, New York, NY 10011:

    • Downloadable recordings (or a CD if you choose to mail your materials) of three to four complete works; please include Classical or Romantic repertoire for at least two of the works. We request submissions of contemporary and modern works for the remainder.
    • Repertoire proposals for the upcoming season. Please give us a few options and include timings.
    • Ensemble biography and website URL.

    Please make sure that all components of your submission are clearly labeled with your ensemble's name and that you have included contact information with your submission.

    NOTE: We cannot engage you if are not an American citizen or do not have the appropriate work visa. We do not offer visa sponsorship.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    The History of Schneider Concerts

    Founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts, this series was renamed the Schneider Concerts in 1993 in honor of founding artistic director Alexander “Sasha” Schneider, a conductor, violinist, and member of the famed Budapest String Quartet. Established with the aim of offering access to chamber music performance at an exceptionally high level to all (tickets at that time cost only $1), the series has expanded its goals in the past 60-plus years to include:

    • Offering affordable tickets
    • Supporting emerging chamber artists
    • Serving older New Yorkers
    • Going beyond ADA compliance
    • Opening our vision to include multidisciplinary approaches to chamber music
    • Continually reviewing our work through the lens of equity, inclusion, and social justice to ensure that we are welcoming to and supportive of audiences and artists from all backgrounds

    The series has been led by Rohana Elias-Reyes since 2001. Founding director Frank Salomon remains involved. Guided by music advisors John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara O’Connor, and Arnold Steinhardt, the series carries forward Schneider’s commitment to providing early career exposure to exceptional young artists and ensembles and offering outstanding concerts at modest ticket prices to ensure access for all. Pianist Peter Serkin and cellist Yo-Yo Ma received early career exposure on the series, and the Guarneri, Dover, Calidore, Viano, and Balourdet string quartets are among the many ensembles to receive their New York debuts in the series.

    The 2023–2024 Schneider Concerts Season is supported by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

  • Purchase Tickets

    Subscriptions & Single Tickets for the 2023–2024 Season
    $90: Six-concert season subscriptions are available for purchase now.

    Purchase online: 
    2023–2024 Schneider Concerts

    By mail:
    Download the subscription brochure
    $90: Six-concert subscription (PDF)

    Single tickets
    Tickets go on sale July 15, 2023.
    $20:
    General admission
    $17: Seniors and people with disabilities
    $5: Student standby ticket (full-time students with school ID). Standby tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

    New School students, faculty, and staff
    Entrance is free of charge with presentation of New School ID. Reservation recommended. Single ticket per ID, presented at box office, non-transferable.

    Questions about tickets
    Call 212.229.5873.

    Accessibility
    Early admission is provided for those with special seating needs. Facilities are ADA complaint. Large-print programs and assistive listening devices are available upon request. The 66 West 12th Street venue address is accessible for Access-a-Ride. Additional accommodations can be requested at the time of ticket purchase.

  • Contact Us

    Rohana Elias-Reyes, Director
    New School Concerts
    55 West 13th Street, room 929
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5873
    Fax: 212.229.5306
    Email: nsc@newschool.edu

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