ICE is comprised of a flexible group of thirty-three artists, including strings, woodwinds, piano, percussion, voice, light and sound designers, which enables great flexibility of programming.
James Austin Smith
Claire Chase, described by The New Yorker as "the young star of the modern flute," is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012.
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), where he oversees the creative direction of more than one hundred concerts per season in the United States and abroad. As a clarinetist, the New York Times has praised him as, "incapable of playing an inexpressive note."
Ross Karre is an experimental percussionist and intermedia artist who collaborates with a variety of performers, composers, and artists throughout the world. Ross has presented his own works and interpreted the works of countless composers in Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, and throughout the United States.
Pianist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has earned worldwide acclaim. As a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has performed throughout North and South Americas and Europe. His solo concert series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics of the repertoire.
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by The New York Times, bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Equally comfortable playing established classical works and the newest of new music, Rebekah is a fiercely passionate advocate for the bassoon. Called an "impressive solo bassoonist" by The New Yorker, she is tirelessly committed to collaborating with composers to expand the modern repertoire for the instrument.
Praised for "superb" performances by The New York Times as well as his ability to "show off the instrument's malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement" by The Chicago Reader, Ryan Muncy is a saxophonist who performs, commissions, and presents new music.
Flutist and soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. She has appeared with the San Diego Symphony, the Palimpsest Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and is regularly featured on Los Angeles’ renowned Monday Evening Concerts series.
For the past thirty years, Artist in Residence Steven Schick has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, and by commissioning and premiering more than one hundred new works for percussion. Schick was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002 and is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, red fish blue fish. In 2007 he was named Music Director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and in 2011 he was named the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Founding ICE violinist David Bowlin's solo and chamber music performances of a wide-ranging repertoire have won him widespread critical acclaim. First-prize winner of the 2003 Washington International Competition, he has recorded for the Bridge, Naxos, Arsis, and New Focus labels, and Oberlin Music. Bowlin teaches on the violin faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is a member of the Oberlin Trio, and is Artistic Director of Chamber Music Quad Cities.
Erik Carlson has performed as a soloist and with many chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Europe and the United States.
Jennifer Curtis’s second solo concert at Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest” recital programs. An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, she has also performed as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela, appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru, been featured violinist honoring the late composer George Enescu in his homeland of Romania, collaborated with musical shamen of the Andes, and exchanged music, teaching and performing with Kurdish refugees in Turkey. She is currently artist in residence at Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw NC, teaches at Duke University and will travel to India this winter to collaborate and compose for Nrityagram Dance Company.
Josh Modney is a violinist, violist and improviser dedicated to performing contemporary music, collaborating closely with composers on new work over extended time periods, and exploring innovative interpretations of the standard repertoire. In addition to his membership in ICE, Josh is violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a unique collection of composers, improvisers, and interpreters dedicated to making adventurous music.
Maiya Papach is acting co-principal viola of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and served as acting principal last year.
Founding ICE violist Wendy Richman has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. and Europe. She has premiered hundreds of works, notably pieces for singing violist by Jason Eckardt, Arlene Sierra, Ken Ueno, and more.
Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. Since giving his New York solo debut with Kurt Masur and the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, he has created a multi-dimensional career performing and recording a wide range of music. The New York Times has described him as “assured, brilliant, and stylish…” and the New York Post called him “musically mature, technically sound...”
Kivie Cahn-Lipman is the founding cellist of ICE. In a recent review, the New York Times noted that "his long, flowing hair often covered his face as he played."
Called “Chicago’s first lady of the cello” by Timeout Chicago Magazine, Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In demand as soloist, she performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit in Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto, as well as with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta , the Illinois Philharmonic, the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, and as a soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Kai on the CSO’s MusicNOW Series.
A “long-admired figure on the New York scene” (New Yorker), cellist Michael Nicolas enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, and improvisor. His eclectic tastes and adventurous spirit have led him to forge a musical path of uncommon breadth, where his activities range from performing the masterpieces of the past in the world's most prestigious concert halls, to free improvisation in a downtown New York experimental venue with giants of the genre, to working with contemporary composers of all styles, pushing the boundaries of musical expression and meaning.
Randall Zigler began his bass studies as a high school student in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Oberlin College shortly thereafter, where he received undergraduate degrees in bass performance and mathematics. He has since received a Master of Music degree from Boston University, and continues to freelance as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout New England.
Oboist Nicholas Masterson has been a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2006. With ICE, Nick has recorded John Adam's Son of Chamber Symphony for Nonesuch records and has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle and Nagoya Symphonies performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Dai Fujikura's Mina for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion and Orchestra.
Praised for his "virtuosic" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times), oboist James Austin Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world.
Campbell MacDonald is a founding member of ICE and Principal Clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He maintains an active and multifarious performance career from his home base in Northeast Indiana.
Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "formidable guitarist" (Chicago Magazine) enjoys a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts.
According to the New York Times, Harpist Bridget Kibbey "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it." Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Bridget's debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York.
Nuiko Wadden is the principal harpist of Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras as well as the Des Moines Metro Opera. She is also a member of both the janus trio, based out of Brooklyn, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Praised by The New York Times for her "delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity," Phyllis Chen is a pianist, toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers.
Pianist Cory Smythe is a graduate of the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. As a member of ICE, he has contributed to many premieres, worked with composers Philippe Hurel, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang among others, and performed in many venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Percussionist and composer Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes). His opera/ballet "Hagoromo" premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival in November 2015, and other premieres have been presented at Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Park Avenue Armory, The Kitchen, Roulette, Donaueschinger Musiktage, and Acht Brücken Köln. As a percussionist, Davis has premiered hundreds of pieces, working with luminaries and fostering emerging composers. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Tzadik, Mode, Kairos, New Albion, and Sony Classical, and his works appear on New Focus, Bridge, Tundra, and Starkland.
Peter Evans is a trumpet player and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music.
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Gareth Flowers is an electro-acoustic trumpeter, know for "shimmering vibrato" and "wide-ranging lines" (The New York Times, June 2010). He has performed with ICE since 2003.
Atlanta, Georgia native David Byrd-Marrow received his Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Jerome Ashby. For his Master's degree, David went on to study with William Purvis at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was then selected for fellowship in the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble ACJW. David has also played with groups such as Carnegie Hall's "Zankel Band," The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Tokyo Symphony, The New York and Atlanta Operas and The New York Philharmonic.
A native of Rayne, Louisiana, trombonist Michael Lormand moved to New York City in 2001. Committed to eclectic, engaging contemporary and classical music in solo, chamber and orchestral settings, he performs with groups that include: International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Dan Peck Dan Peck is a tubist, improviser, and composer living in New York since 2005. He performs regularly with contemporary ensembles such as ICE and Wet Ink, and has also played with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Ballet.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” soprano Tony Arnold has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. Tony is the only vocalist ever to be awarded first prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, and her recording of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children earned a 2006 Grammy nomination.
Recent successes at Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, and the Beijing International Music Festival lead tenor Peter Tantsits to be named, "one of his generation's most consistently satisfying contemporary vocal music specialists" by OPERA Magazine (UK). Well known as the raving George III in ICE’s elegant, high-impact production of Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, he is deeply committed to expanding the repertoire for high male voice.
Levy Lorenzo is an electronics engineer and percussionist living and working in New York. Specializing in microcontroller and Arduino-based systems, he performs experimental electro-acoustic music using new electronic musical instruments and percussion. Levy also specializes in Live Sound Engineering for concerts of electro-acoustic music with experimental and non-traditional configurations.
As a New York City based Lighting Designer, Nicholas Houfek has designed in rehearsal halls and warehouses to Lincoln Center and almost everywhere in between. His work in Music, Dance, and Theater reflects the collaborative spirit he is influenced by.