The Orchestra Now

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of vibrant young musicians from across the globe who are making orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, whom The New York Times said “draws rich, expressive playing from the orchestra,” founded TŌN in 2015 as a graduate program at Bard College, where he is also president. TŌN offers both a three-year master’s degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and a two-year advanced certificate in Orchestra Studies The orchestra’s home base is the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center at Bard, where they perform multiple concerts each season and take part in the annual Bard Music Festival. They also perform regularly at the finest venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others across NYC and beyond. HuffPost, who has called TŌN’s performances “dramatic and intense,” praises these concerts as “an opportunity to see talented musicians early in their careers.” 

The orchestra has performed with many distinguished guest conductors and soloists, including Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey, and JoAnn Falletta. In the 2019–20 season, conductors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Graf will also lead TŌN performances. Recordings featuring The Orchestra Now include Ferdinand Ries piano concertos with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records, and a Sorel Classics concert recording of pianist Anna Shelest performing works by Anton Rubinstein with TŌN and conductor Neeme Järvi. Upcoming albums include a second release with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records in the spring of 2020. Recordings of TŌN’s live concerts from the Fisher Center can be heard on Classical WMHT-FM and WWFM The Classical Network, and are featured regularly on Performance Today, broadcast nationwide. In 2019, the orchestra’s performance with Vadim Repin was live-streamed on The Violin Channel.

Explore upcoming concerts, see what our musicians have to say, and more right here at theorchestranow.org. For more information on the academic program, visit bard.edu/theorchnow.

Flute
Leanna Ginsburg
Matthew Ross
Denis Savelyev

Oboe
Regina Brady
Shawn Hutchison
James Jihyun Kim

Clarinet
Matthew Griffith
Ye Hu
Rodrigo Orviz Pevida
Viktor Tóth

Bassoon
Carl Gardner
Matthew Gregoire
Adam Romey (on leave)
Xiaoxiao Yuan

Horn
Luke Baker
Emily Buehler
Steven Harmon
Sarah Konvalin
William Loveless VI

Trumpet
Samuel Exline
Guillermo García Cuesta
Anita Tóth

Trombone
David Kidd
Ian Striedter

Bass Trombone
Cameron Owen

Tuba
Jarrod Briley

Timpani
Jacob Lipham

Percussion
Charles Gillette
Won Suk Lee
Wanyuè Yè

Harp
Emily Melendes

Photo by David DeNee