New Music Detroit

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New Music Detroit
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Background Information




Years Active

2006 - Present

Core Members

Vicky Chow - piano
Erik Rönmark - saxophone
Una O'Riordan - cello
Ian Ding - percussion
Joe Becker - percussion

Other Members

Gina DiBello - violin
Shannon Orme - clarinets
Adrienne Rönmark - violin/viola



Founded in 2006 New Music Detroit (NMD) is a collective of musicians dedicated to performing groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day. A highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, NMD performs new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people.

As the City’s only nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the creation, performance and proliferation of adventurous, contemporary music, NMD fills a distinct niche in Detroit’s artistic community.


Vicky Chow


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Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) “virtuosic” (New Jersey Star Ledger), “sparkling” with a “feisty technique” (MIT Tech) and “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times). She is the pianist for the award-winning ensemble, Bang on a Can All- Stars, Grand Band, and New Music Detroit and has collaborated with other ensembles such as ICE, Wet Ink Ensemble, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. She has performed internationally in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, The Barbican Center in London, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Tongyeong Concert Hall in Korea to name a few. Most recently she gave the North American premiere of Steve Reich’s work
‘Piano Counterpoint’ and the world premiere of John Zorn’s new piano trio titled “The Aristos”, and Michael Gordon’s ‘Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars’ written for Grand Band, and an evening length work by artist/composer Tristan Perich for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics titled ‘Surface Image‘ written for Ms. Chow.

Her recording of ‘Piano Counterpoint’ was released in September 2014 on the Nonesuch label alongside Alarm Will Sound’s ‘Radio Rewrite’ and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Electric Counterpoint’. Perich’s ‘Surface Image’ was also released in the fall of 2014 on the New Amsterdam label to much success and was included in the top albums of the year lists such as The Rolling Stone Magazine and Rhapsody. Her performances of Morton Feldman and John Cage were featured on BBC3‘s documentary series ‘The Sound and The Fury’, based on Alex Ross’ book ‘The Rest is Noise’. Her passion for new music has propelled Vicky to work with an A-to-Z of leading composers and musicians such as Andy Akiho, Louis Andriessen, Nik Bärtsch, Michael Gordon, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), David Lang, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Julia Wolfe and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). Her next projects include a piano concerto by American composer Ronald Bruce Smith in collaboration with BMOP,solo piano works by Pulitzer nominated composer Chris Cerrone, Alex Mincek, David Franszon, and Canadian composers Adam Basanta, Fjola Evans, and a new piano/percussion duo work by Vincent Ho.

As an artist frequently broadcasted on WNYC’s Q2 radio, her recorded work can be found on the 'Nonesuch', 'New Amsterdam', ‘Tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe’,’ Innova’, ‘Hinterzimmer’, and ‘AltaVoz’ labels. Interviews and articles featuring Ms. Chow was published in the Huffington Post, Gramophone, The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, and many more. In addition to performing, Ms. Chow produces and curates “Contagious Sounds”, a new music series focusing on adventurous contemporary artists and composers in New York City. She receives continuous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and has received grants from the Fromm Foundation, The Yvar Mikhshoff Trust, The Aaron Copland Music Fund, The Vancouver Foundation, and the BC Arts Council.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Ms. Chow studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin before continuing studies at Manhattan School of Music with Christopher Oldfather. Starting the piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra made her NY orchestral debut appearance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1.


Erik Rönmark


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Erik Rönmark came to the United States in 1996 to continue his musical education. A classical saxophonist by trade, Rönmark has extensive performing experience in both chamber music and orchestral settings. He has performed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, as a guest in Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and is co-founder and Executive Director of New Music Detroit. Recently, Rönmark was featured with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, culminating a national tour with the Pacifica String Quartet.

A native of Sweden, Rönmark is a first-prize winner of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He is also the recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s award for establishing valuable relationships between Sweden and America. Using his diverse talents and skills within the music field, he has collaborated and assisted artists such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Terry Riley, Matthew Barney, Shara Worden, and Branford Marsalis, and has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works for saxophone.

Rönmark is the General Manager and Artistic Administrator of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and holds degrees in fine arts and music performance from Northern State University, SD and Bowling Green State University, OH, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.


Una O'Riordan


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First-generation Irish-American cellist Úna Fionnuala O'Riordan was born in the Chicago suburbs and began playing the cello at 4 years of age, after hearing a string instrument demonstration in her kindergarten class. When her family moved to the Washington, D.C. area, she continued her musical education and went on the attend the Interlochen Arts Camp as an Emerson Scholar. Her experiences at Interlochen, plus the opportunity to perform for Mstislav Rostropovich at the 1992 Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony, encouraged her to seek a career as a professional musician. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she was named an Arts Leadership Scholar.

As a recipient of the Eckstein Grant, Úna did her graduate studies at the Northwestern University School of Music, and performed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as the concerto competition winner. While completing her master's degree, she was also Co- Principal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, working under the batons of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. A fellowship recipient at the Aspen and Meadowmount music schools, she has performed both orchestral and chamber music in major concert halls across the United States, Europe and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her principal teachers include Hans Jørgen Jensen, Pamela Frame, Alan Harris, and Loren Stephenson, and she has performed in masterclasses for Janos Starker and Yo-Yo Ma, among other esteemed pedagogues.

Since her appointment to the DSO in 2007, Úna has enjoyed performing chamber music all around Michigan, on series such as Pro Mozart, Classical Brunch in Birmingham, and Enescu, as well as at the Universities of Michigan and Wayne State, and Kerrytown Concert House. As a member of the contemporary music ensemble New Music Detroit, she has performed at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art(MOCAD), the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), and the Bohemian National Home. Passionate about music education, Úna has been on the faculty for the DSO’s Power of Dreams String Project, and regularly coaches both chamber music and cello sectionals for the DSO Civc Program. In 2011-12 Úna has been the cellist for the Fusion Project, a series of school presentations fusing music and photography inspired by the city of Detroit.

In her free time, Úna is a passionate traveler and enjoys photographing her adventures, including a recent trek to Machu Picchu in 2011. Úna performs on a cello made by Carl Becker and Son, 1954.


Ian Ding


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Percussionist Ian Ding is a versatile and in-demand performer specializing in contemporary music and orchestral percussion. He is a founding member and co-director of New Music Detroit, a member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project (Chicago) and the Virgil Moorefield Pocket Orchestra (Zurich), and serves on the percussion faculty at the DePaul University School of Music.

Ian is a frequent guest with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed extensively with chamber ensembles Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, and the Marc Mellits Consort. Ian is the artistic director and producer of Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Detroit’s annual marathon concert of contemporary and experimental music, and is also a former board member of the American Composers Forum. Recent projects include commissions of new solo percussion works by composers Lukas Ligeti, Virgil Moorefield, and Evan Ziporyn.

Ian served as Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2011 and Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Michigan from 2005-2014, and was a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami from 2001-2003. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Juilliard School, where his teachers included Tom Stubbs, Thomas Siwe, Jim Ross, William Moersch, and Gregory Zuber


Joseph Becker


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A member of New Music Detroit since 2016, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012, Joseph Becker previously spent a season with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Joseph performed regularly with the Boston Philharmonic and the Callithumpian Consort. He received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Frank Epstein and Will Hudgins; and his master’s degree from Boston University, studying with Tim Genis.

Joseph was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2008 to 2009 and has performed at the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston. He can be heard on Naxos Records and Tzadik Records performing the music of Gunther Schuller, John Zorn, and Fred Frith. He has also had the privilege of working with composers Elliott Carter and Steve Reich.



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