AXIOM, led by music director Jeffrey Milarsky, is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Since its debut in Avery Fisher Hall in February 2006, the group has established itself as a leading ensemble in New York City’s contemporary music scene with performances throughout Lincoln Center, in addition to frequent appearances at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.
AXIOM is grounded in Juilliard’s curriculum. Students receive a credit in chamber music for performing in the ensemble, and during any four-year period, AXIOM members will have the opportunity to perform works by Adams, Birtwistle, Druckman, Lindberg, and Schoenberg, among other composers. Guest conductors of AXIOM have included Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, and David Robertson.
Last season, the group performed works by John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage,
Conlon Nancarrow, and György Ligeti.
In the 2013-14 season, AXIOM collaborated with Carnegie Hall on Vienna: City of Dreams, presenting a work by Austrian composer George Friedrich Haas; gave the world premiere of Morton Subotnick’s Jacob’s Room (2013 version) with singer Joan La Barbara; and the critically-praised NY PHIL BIENNIAL production of HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Previous season highlights included works by Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen, Arnold Schoenberg, Toru Takemitsu, Anthony Cheung, Veli-Matti Puumala, Sean Shepherd, Jukka Tiensuu, Wolfgang Rihm, Morton Feldman, and others.