Ariel Artists represents visionary performers on the forefront of contemporary and classical art music, whose work places a special emphasis on new commissions, collaborations, and large-scale performance projects. Founded in Boston in 2009 and staffed entirely by classical musicians, Ariel Artists’ mission is to connect three groups of people: a roster of uniquely talented concert artists chosen for their highly original approaches to music and performance; concert presenters who value truly fascinating, world-class performers; and audiences eager to experience masterful, adventurous, and innovative concerts.
The musicians on the Ariel Artists roster have performed in hundreds of venues around the world, constantly expanding and refining the possibilities for art music events. Through their ambitious performance projects, their numerous and varied interdisciplinary collaborations, and their limitless enthusiasm, our artists are expanding the boundaries of what music can do. They actively commission new works for their performances, as well as reaching back to Romantic, Classical, and Baroque ancestors, and even to the earliest origins of Western music. Whether playing old music or new, however, our artists always engage the question of what it might mean for music to be “contemporary” — to partake of and articulate a sense of shared time.
Ariel Artists musicians also share a strong devotion to education, and to nurturing curiosity, excitement, and excellence in younger audiences. All of our artists excel at designing approachable and engaging outreach programs to connect with specific age groups and foster interest and excitement. Our roster artists have the ability to capture the imaginations of young, aspiring musicians with their own youthfulness, intensity, and utterly contagious enthusiasm. They are committed to empowering younger artists to create, to trust their intuitions, and to fulfill their highest potentials. Like Shakespeare’s Ariel, the artists on the Ariel Artists roster truly embody both the “spirits to enforce” and the “art to enchant.”