Cincinnati's music lab & chamber music playground



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


ur mission is to transform hearts, 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 2017-18 Season.
Join us in exploration.



Experience adventurous classical. Live concert:nova

Welcome to our 2017-2018 Season! Our 11th season is bold and beautiful, full of original work that continues to foster an adventurous musical world and draw an eclectic audience.  The season spans an inventive range of powerful musical ideas across genres, from the culinary arts, science, theater, dance, literature, fringe and pop culture. It’s chamber music that plays well with others.  We are excited to share this season with you!

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.


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.