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About us

A sinfonietta for the 21st century:

20 soloists redefine the new music concert experience.


Based in New York City, Ensemble Échappé [EÉ] is a versatile group of soloists dedicated to presenting an eclectic spectrum of 20th and 21st century music. Undefined by genre or style, EÉ is a sinfonietta of 20 core members distinguished not only as exceptional instrumentalists, but as visionaries, bound together by the desire to explore diverse sonic palettes. The Co-Directors, Benjamin Grow and Nina C. Young, believe in promoting a dialogue between performers and living composers in order to build lasting collaborative relationships, and to form a new body of repertoire that defines our time. Newer works and commissions are thematically programmed next to established repertoire, to connect the past with the present, and to showcase concert music as a living art. This includes cultivating collaborations with vocal artists pursuing contemporary and experimental music, to foster a new body of works for ensemble and voice, and chamber opera.  EÉ has premiered and performed works by a wide array of composers including Andy Akiho, the Brothers Balliett, Lisa Bielawa, Jonathan Dawe, Jason Eckardt, Beat Furrer, Selim Goncu, Michael Hersch, Takuma Itoh, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Tonia Ko, Tania Leon, Fred Lerdahl, Isabel Mundry, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts, Kaija Saariaho, Sean Shepherd, Tina Tallon, Zeynep Toraman, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Échappé is cultivating a dedication to collaborations with vocal artists pursuing contemporary and experimental music.

our team

Artistic Directors

Benjamin Grow

Nina C. Young



Benjamin Grow



Selim Goncu (2017-2019)

Nina C. Young (2015-17)


Operations Manager

Mike Truesdell


Advisory Board

Fred Lerdahl

Jeffrey Milarsky

Steven Stucky (in memory)

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