About Us

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An endless passion for exploration, for collaboration,
for discovery, for people, for Cincinnati.

Our mission is to transform hearts, minds and communities through thought provoking musical exploration. 

concert:nova is a boundary-pushing ensemble that challenges the audience to engage with the music in various ways.  Imagine world-class chamber music, but in surprising venues that create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences leaving you and the audience changed.

The musicians collaborate with a cavalcade of interdisciplinary artists from all over the city, region and globe in a diverse array of surprising venues to create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences that remove the barrier between the artists and the audience.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, concert:nova presents “the most imaginative events in memory by a classical ensemble.”  

Founded in 2007 by a group of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians, the ensembles has sought inter-artistic collaboration with an inquisitive and adventurous spirit to create an multi-dimensional blend of compelling and thought-provoking performances.

With a fluid roster, an agile ability within the group to morph into various combinations, and sharing the creative spirit with renowned guest artists near and far, concert:nova has been at the forefront of forging new artistic horizons in Cincinnati.

The ensemble presents five Main Series performances each season. 

Next:Generation is a multi-level educational initiative that trains young artists from the college/ conservatory level to young initiates at the elementary level. 

The Adventure Concerts (previously known as the Late:Night series) engages young professional audience members in socially and culturally relevant ways. 



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6311 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati OH 45243

Ixi Chen, Managing Artistic Director
Ted Nelson, Producing Artistic Director
Michael Culligan
Hiro Matsuo
Stefani Matsuo
Christopher Pell

Sara Danner Dukic, Production Manager & Marketing
Rebecca Smithhorn, Manager of Education & Community Outreach



Al Lopez, Interim Chair
Joshua Sands, Vice Chair
Katherine Yeager, Treasurer
Catharina Toltzis, Secretary
Ixi Chen, Ex-Officio
Naimah Bilal
Justin Esposito
Alex Holtel
Allison Kendall
Cynthia Merle Lewis
Theodore Nelson
Carol Olson
Lily Wang
Ryan Willging