Cincinnati's music lab & chamber music playground



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


ur mission is to transforms heart, minds and communities through thought provoking musical exploration. 

concert:nova is an exciting performance group that stands at the intersection of visionary performances and innovative cultural engagement. Creating the shift in artistic experiences, the artist-driven ensemble is at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to The 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 led by clarinetist Ixi Chen, the musicians have 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 10th Season.
Join us in exploration.



Experience adventurous classical. Live concert:nova

Our tenth season opens with the appreciation of the vibrancy of art and music in Cincinnati and a renewed sense of service to our community. In the spirit of transformative discovery we will celebrate our culture, our creative work, our friends, our children and our city with a variety of offerings.


The journey is a shared one, probing at meaning, uncovering delights, creating space for thought. We forge a future in classical music with our small ensemble cast and the creative talent that inspires us. concert:nova offers a unique experience that changes from concert to concert, all tied to the excitement of discovery.


J.S Bach awakens season ten with the coffee-inspired “Coffee Cantata” along with Deeper Roots Coffee speaking to the rich culture of coffee and brewing methods. Co-Artistic Director Marty Garcia creates SOLO 1×1 (one-on-one) delving into human experience with a dialogue between a solo musician and a solo artist. Parallel to the Cincinnati Symphony’s Brahms Fest, we explore the friendship between Johannes Brahms and young Czech Antonin Dvorak to illuminate the influence of Slavic music in Brahms’ compositional output.  Director Aimée Langrée leads a production of “Mozartly Yours”, a comedic sneak peek into backstage rehearsals with a disgruntled string quartet. And still under wraps is a Midwest Regional Premiere production in partnership with the great Cincinnati Opera.


With the belief that art and music can transform people of all ages and backgrounds, we reaffirm our commitment to creating opportunities for all our children to experience the power of music. We are proud to enter into our third year of the NEXT:GENERATION training program for pre-professional young artists; excited to find a new partner with the Ben Carlson Berne Scholarship serving underprivileged young musicians in association with SCPA and Cincinnati Public Schools; and a LATE:NIGHT series in a young professional engagement initiative that brings classics to clubs.