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The Next Festival of Emerging Artists

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a unique contemporary music festival for the modern string player as well as composers and choreographers that has been receiving rave reviews from its participants.

The festival was founded in 2013 by composer, conductor, and bassist Peter Askim, and normally takes place over two weeks in May and June with 35 young musicians, composers, and choreographers at Music Mountain in Connecticut and at National Sawdust and NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts in New York City.

Its first seven seasons featured guest artists Tony Arnold, Miranda Cuckson, Matt Haimovitz, Jennifer Koh, Nadia Sirota, Richard Thompson, Jeffrey Zeigler, and the string quartet ETHEL, and the participation of composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Liisa Hirsch, Pierre Jalbert, Phil Kline, Jessica Meyer, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, and choreographer Christopher D’Amboise.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Next Fest Connects are part of Next Edge Arts, Inc., a not-for-profit organization supported by tax-deductible donations.


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