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Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Pittsburgh, PA            

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) presents compelling and memorable performances of contemporary music by: giving world-class performances, commissioning and premiering new works by living artists, disseminating and promoting new works beyond their premieres through recording and touring, constantly reexamining and exploring the way in which new music is presented, playing a leading role in creating and expanding a progressive arts community. 

PNME was founded in 1976, and since then has commissioned and premiered over 300 works by composers including established masters like John Cage, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Michael Daugherty and David Lang, and emerging voices like Derek Bermel, Pierre Jalbert,  Kevin Puts, and Ted Hearne. Today’s PNME includes flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, bass-baritone voice, soprano, actor, lighting designer, and sound designer. These artists from around the world are chosen through a rigorous audition process.

Current Artistic Director Kevin Noe assumed that post in 2000 and completely transformed the company by implementing a new artistic vision and signature performance style called “Theatre of Music” that incorporates the drama, lighting, sound and stage design of theatre. Our concerts are evening-length, non-stop productions with no intermissions or breaks for applause. Repertoire works together so that each concert is itself one new, fully formed work of art – like you expect when viewing a film or theatre production. This format has resulted in radical improvements in critical response and an amazing increase in audience over the past 15 years.

John Corigliano’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” from Mr. Tambourine Man

Recorded in binaural by PNME in 2017.


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Thierry de Mey’s “Musique de Table” Mvt. 1

PNME Cellist, Percussionist, and Artistic Director perform

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Commissioned by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 2002, “Einstein on Mercer Street” is set to original poetry created for the project by Fleda Brown. The 30-minute work is based on facts surrounding Albert Einstein’s first marriage to fellow physics student Mileva Maric.

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