[dal niente has] built provocative programs and a striking international reputation by rendering unapologetically difficult music—oftentimes, the sort that other so-called new music ensembles will not or cannot try—with unguarded ardor and commitment.
— Clarice Performing Arts Center
A superb contemporary music collective
— The New York Times
Exuberant vitality and expressiveness
— The New Yorker

Ensemble Dal Niente performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit. Flexible and adaptable, Dal Niente’s roster of 23 musicians presents an uncommonly broad range of contemporary music, guiding listeners towards music that transforms existing ideas, subverts convention, and embraces 21st century audience culture. Audiences coming to Dal Niente shows can expect distinctive productions—from fully staged operas to multimedia spectacles to intimate solo performances—that are curated to pique curiosity and connect art, culture, and people.


Large-scale works for 20+ players

Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain
Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee

Composer portraits and curated concerts (5-12 players)

George Lewis: Assemblage
Erin Gee: Mouthpiece 32
Anthony Braxton: Ghost Trance Music
Huck Hodge: Apophenia
Greg Saunier: Data from Deerhoof Chamber Variations

Small Chamber Concerts (3-5 players)

Gerard Grisey: Talea for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello
Carola Bauckholt: Zopf for flute, clarinet, and oboe
Mikel Kuehn: Between the Lynes for flute, cello, and piano
George Lewis: The Mangle of Practice for violin and piano


Tomás Gueglio: Proa (with Delfos Danza, Mazatlán)
Katherine Young: When Stranger Things Happen
Eliza Brown: The Body of the State

We work with presenters, universities, and concert series to craft unique performance and residency programs, including concerts, workshops, composer reading sessions, panels, and masterclasses.


Roscoe Mitchell
Ted Hearne
Erin Gee
George Lewis
Raphael Cendo
Katherine Young
Greg Saunier 
Anthony Cheung
Eliza Brown
Natachia Diels
Tomás Gueglio


Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville, TN
National Sawdust NYC
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
The Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City
The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Art Institute of Chicago
MusicArte Festival in Panama City
Ecstatic Music Festival, NYC
The Darmstadt Summer Courses


DePaul University (New Music Ensemble In Residence, Holtschneider Performance Center)
Harvard University
Brown University
University of California - Davis
Stanford University
Northwestern University
University of Chicago
University of Southern California
Boston University
University of Washington
Washington University
University of Maryland


Group Photo - Color

Photo: Aleks Karjaka

Photo: Aleks Karjaka

Photo: Aleksandr Karjaka / Karjaka Studios

Photo: Aleksandr Karjaka / Karjaka Studios

Photo: Aleksandr Karjaka / Karjaka Studios

Photo: Aleksandr Karjaka / Karjaka Studios


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Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public.
— Chicago Tribune - November 2010
gifted young ensembles like Dal Niente are giving us an exhilarating way to experience the music of our own time.
— Chicago Classical Review - November 2014
Dal Niente’s contribution is [to bring] hard-core Modernism up to date, with contemporary and even pop culture invited to the table, as long as the results are structurally rigorous and original.
— The LA Times - October 2016
What I saw and heard at Dal Niente’s performance last Thursday was, for me, more than a political statement. It was more than a treatise on intonation. It was more than any metaphor could have prepared me for.
— newmusicbox.org, March 2013

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