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Third Sound

Third Sound is a collective of performers drawn from New York City’s finest chamber musicians: Sooyun Kim (flute), Romie de Guise-Langlois (clarinet), Karen Kim (violin), Michael Nicolas (cello), Orion Weiss (piano), and composer Patrick Castillo. The ensemble musicians have appeared on prestigious series and stages around the world and garnered myriad honors, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, and the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, among many others. They are passionate about the work of composers ranging from Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms to Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Messiaen, as well as Carter, Wuorinen, Adams, and Reich, and emerging composers of the early twenty-first century.

Third Sound made its debut in November 2015 at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana (Havana, Cuba), presenting a program of contemporary American music in partnership with the American Composers Forum. I Care If You Listen wrote of the ensemble’s festival performance: “Third Sound played with a level of commitment, joy, and ensemble cohesion that belies the short time they have worked together.” Michael Harrison, one of the composer participants in the ensemble’s Havana residency, wrote, “Third Sound is already one of the country’s best contemporary music ensembles…For their debut concert at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival they selected an incredibly diverse range of ten works by leading American composers. Everything was executed with the kind of passion and precision that one only hears from the most experienced ensembles. Working with Third Sound is a composer’s dream!”