Curator, Moving Sounds Festival 2018
Director, Argento New Music Project
In 2000, New York-based conductor/composer Michel Galante founded the Argento New Music Project, one of the United States’ leading contemporary music ensembles, and has since guided its musical development and artistic programming. The New York Times praised him as a “keen, clear leader,” of “tour de force performances.” He has led orchestras such as The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Janaček Philharmonic Orchestra, and new music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt, Germany), ensemble courage (Dresden, Germany), oenm (Salzburg Austria), and ICE (NYC). He works regularly with some of the most important musical figures of today, having conducted world premieres by leading composers Fred Lerdahl, Sebastian Currier, Bernhard Lang, Helmut Lachenmann, and Philippe Hurel. Other notable premieres include Georg Friedrich Haas’ opera Thomas at the Schwetzingen Festival, Germany, to great critical acclaim and the world premiere of Bernhard Lang’s Moving Architecture at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.