About SOLI Chamber Ensemble
For nearly two decades, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has upheld its reputation for giving new voice to 20th and 21st century classical contemporary music and for its strong commitment to commissioning new works. Known for breathing life into the music of living composers, SOLI has twice been voted “Best Chamber Ensemble” by The San Antonio Current and continues to mesmerize audiences with its cutting edge performances.
SOLI strives to break down the stereotypes linked with classical music. Founded in 1994, San Antonio Texas based ensemble annually presents a season of innovative programs in a variety of venues. Performing in unusual and intimate spaces allows the audiences to get up close and creates a user-friendly approach to the music. Audiences enjoy the ‘unstuffy’ nature of SOLI’s performances and the informal ambience of these unusual venues. SOLI’s touring schedule has taken them to such cities as Houston, Denver, Austin, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Jacksonville among many others. SOLI was one of the first chamber ensembles invited to perform in the first ever classical music event at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music & Media Festival in Austin, Texas. SOLI performed the music of Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Michael Torke, and John Adams to a sellout crowd at this Boosey & Hawkes Music Company-sponsored program.
SOLI’s strong commitment for commissioning new works has resulted in 31 amazing works over the years from both emerging and established composers. The ensemble has premiered works by Steven Mackey, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, Robert X. Rodriguez, Tim Kramer, David Heuser, Alexandra Garner, Jack Stamps, and others.
SOLI Chamber Ensemble is deeply devoted to education. Each season, SOLI presents a series of short concerts for young people entitled “New Sounds for Little Ears.” These concerts are designed to introduce the music of today and tomorrow to our next generation of listeners. As Trinity University’s Ensemble in Residence since 2008, SOLI performs frequently on the campus, conducts open rehearsals, advises, guides and coaches student chamber groups, and closely works with the student composers. Annually SOLI takes its residency program on tour to other universities and colleges throughout the U.S.
Through the outreach programs, the Ensemble is able to reach audiences whom otherwise may not be able to attend live performances of any kind. SOLI uses the music of our time to reach people in hospitals, hospices, clinics and rehabilitation centers.
SOLI Chamber Ensemble has received numerous awards including grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, the Argosy Foundation, The Tobin Endowment, the Cornyation Foundation, and the City of San Antonio, Office of Cultural Affairs, among others.