Premieres & Commissions


David Serkin Ludwig (b. 1974): Organistrum
for flute, clarinet, and string quartet
Commissioned by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
January 19, 2022 at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA
Demarre McGill, flute
Anthony McGill, clarinet



Lembit Beecher (b. 1980): These Are Not Estonian Flowers (2021)
Paul Wiancko (b. 1983): Purple Antelope Sound Squeeze (2021)
Commissioned by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.
October 10, 2021 at the Phillips Collection

Douglas J. Cuomo (b. 1958): Seven Limbs (2021)
An evening length piece based on a Buddhist purification ritual for the Aizuri String Quartet and Nels Cline on electric and acoustic guitar.” (
February 3, 2021 (world premiere) at Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, VA
February 5, 2021 at Aperio Music of the Americas in Houston, TX
February 12, 2021 at CAP UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
Douglas J. Cuomo, composer
Nels Cline, guitar
Aizuri Quartet

Gulli Björnsson (b. 1991): String Quartet No. 1, Bergmál (2019)
Dai Wei (b. 1989): Partial Men, for string quartet, electronics, and voice (2020)
Nick DiBerardino (b. 1989): Beet Juice (2020)
Liam Elliot: eclipse (2020)
Cleek Schrey: fju (2020)
Jason Treuting: It was a rainy afternoon (2019)
Recorded November 2020 at Princeton University
Premiered February 2 & 16, 2021 on the PSK Listening Hangs

Michi Wiancko (b. 1976): Murasaki’s Moon, a site-specific opera
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated.
A co-production of MetLiveArts and On Site Opera.
Commissioned by MetLiveArts, On Site Opera, and American Lyric Theater.
Premiered May 17-19, 2019 at the Astor Court, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY
Michi Wiancko, composer
Deborah Brevoort, librettist
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Geoffrey McDonald, conductor/music director
Kristen Choi, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Stenson, tenor
Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese flutes, percussion, taiko
Aizuri Quartet

Ilari Kaila (b. 1978): Jouhet (2016)
Commissioned by the Finlandia Foundation
Premiered December 17, 2018 at MATA Continued at ShapeShifter Lab in New York, NY

Pascal Le Boeuf (b. 1986): Gateway (2018)
Matthew McBane (b. 1979): Uphill (2018)
Anna Meadors (b. 1989): Lignin (2018)
Tom Morrison (b. 1992): Sea Change (2018)
Connor Elias Way (b. 1991): Veil (2018)
Premiered November 27, 2018 at Princeton Sound Kitchen in Princeton, NJ

Donnacha Dennehy (b. 1970): Custom of the Coast (2018, work in progress to a specially written text by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon)
For soprano, mezzo-soprano, and string quartet
Development workshop performance on November 22, 2018 at The LAB in Dublin, Ireland
Leela Subramaniam, soprano
Lucy Dhegrae, mezzo-soprano
Sinead Hayes, conductor
Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn, Pan Pan Theatre
Produced by Irish National Opera and Pan Pan Theatre
Workshop funded by a Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland

Evan Premo (b. 1985): String Quartet No. 1, Deeply Known (2018)
Commissioned by Robert Eddy and Kathy Wonson Eddy through Tikkun Olam
Supported by The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation
November 8, 2018 at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne, VT
November 9, 2018 at Unitarian Church of Montpelier in Montpelier, VT
November 10, 2018 at Warren United Church in Warren, VT

Lembit Beecher (b. 1980): Sophia's Wide Awake Dreams
For string quartet and electronically-controlled sound sculptures (2017)
Premiered October 28, 2018 at National Sawdust in New York, NY

Suite of Micro-commissions for Clarinet and String Quartet:
Can Bilir: Irresolvable Fragment
Pauchi Sasaki: Diente de León
Wang Lu: Between Air
Michi Wiancko: Lullaby for the Transient
Commissioned by the Aizuri Quartet
Premiered May 31, 2018 at LiveConnections in Philadelphia & June 1, 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Kinan Azmeh: The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea
Commissioned by the Aizuri Quartet
Premiered May 31, 2018 at LiveConnections in Philadelphia & June 1, 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Lembit Beecher: Sophia’s Forest
Commissioned by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage 
Premiered September 8, 2017

Steven Dankner: Quartet No. 19 “Hebraic”
Commissioned by Aizuri Quartet for their Cornell University Residency
Premiered March 5, 2017 at the Carriage House in Ithaca, NY

Peter Askim and Rodney Waschka: New Works for String Quartet
Premiered February 16, 2017 at the Arts NOW Series in Raleigh, North Carolina

Paul Wiancko: LIFT (2016)
Commissioned by Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Premiered July 8, 2016 at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, NY

Caroline Shaw: Blueprint (2016)
Commissioned by Wolf Trap
Premiered April 8, 2016 at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA

Yevgeniy Sharlat: New Work (2016)
Commissioned by Curtis on Tour
Premiered March 9, 2016 at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA

Rene Orth: Stripped (2015)
Commissioned by the Barnes Foundation
Premiered October 28, 2015 at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA

Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution (2015)
Commissioned by Curtis on Tour and the Barnes Foundation
Premiered May 11, 2015 at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA

Alyssa Weinberg: Parallels (2014)
Commissioned by the Barnes Foundation
Premiered February 1, 2015 at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA

Andrew Lipke: My Love (2014)
Commissioned by LiveConnections
Premiered November 6, 2014 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA