The FLUX Quartet, "one of the most fearless and important new-music ensembles around" (San Francisco Chronicle), has performed to rave reviews in venues worldwide, including the Tate Modern with BBC Radio3, Park Avenue Armory, Kennedy Center, Mount Tremper Arts, EMPAC, Walker Art Center, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, as well as international festivals in Australia, Europe and Asia. It has also premiered new works on numerous experimental incubators, including Roulette, The Music Gallery, and Mount Tremper Arts. FLUX’s radio appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. The group’s discography includes recordings on the Cantaloupe, Innova, New World, Passin Thru, and Tzadik labels, in addition to two acclaimed releases on Mode encompassing the full catalogue of Morton Feldman’s output for string quartet.
Strongly influenced by the "anything-goes" philosophy of the fluxus art movement, violinist Tom Chiu founded FLUX in the late 90's. The quartet has since cultivated an uncompromising repertoire that combines late twentieth-century iconoclasts such as Cage, Nancarrow, Scelsi, and Ligeti with today's visionaries, including Oliver Lake, Michael Hersch, David First, Alvin Lucier, Michael Schumacher, Sean Shepard, Wadada Leo Smith, Julia Wolfe, Matthew Welch, and others. Having premiered over 100 new works, FLUX has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Aaron Copland Fund, Meet-The-Composer, New Music USA, and Chamber Music America. FLUX also discovers emerging composers from its many college residencies, including Wesleyan, Dartmouth, Williams, Princeton, Bard, and the College of William and Mary.
The spirit to expand stylistic boundaries is a trademark of the FLUX Quartet, and to that end the quartet avidly pursues interdisciplinary projects, resulting in acclaimed new works with choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Wheeldon, avant balloonist Judy Dunaway, digital collective The OpenEnded Group, and visual artist Matthew Barney. In the upcoming season, FLUX will perform and record the full string quartet output of Toshi Ichiyanagi, widely acknowledged as an influential pioneer of the Japanese avant-garde.
TOM CHIU, Violin. A noted champion of new music, violinist and composer, Mr. Chiu has performed over 200 premieres worldwide by influential composers such as Virko Baley, Julio Estrada, Oliver Lake, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Somei Satoh, and Henry Threadgill, among many others. He has also worked closely with free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman, with whom he appeared at the Walker Arts Center in 2005.
CONRAD HARRIS, Violin. Mr. Harris has performed new works for violin at Ostrava Days, Darmstadt Ferrienkürse für Neue Musik, Gulbenkian Encounters of New Music, Radio France, Warsaw Autumn, and New York's Sonic Boom Festival. He is also a member of the violin duo String Noise and is concertmaster/soloist with the S.E.M. Orchestra, Ostravska Banda, STX Ensemble, and the Ostravska Banda, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Ensemble LPR.
MAX MANDEL, Viola. Mr. Mandel enjoys a varied and acclaimed career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician, and speaker. He serves as principal viola of the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment and has appeared as guest principal viola with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, and The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra amongst others.
FELIX FAN, Cello. Mr. Fan's versatility has made him one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and Janos Starker, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Musikverein and Royal Festival Hall. Mr.Fan's interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with leading composers including George Crumb, Tan Dun, Oliver Knussen, Kaija Saariaho, and Charles Wuorinen.
MACIEJ FRACKIEWICZ, Accordion. Among Mr. Frackiewicz’s accomplishments include first prize at the prestigious “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition in Spain (2012) and top prize at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn (2018). As a representative performer of his time, he combines youthful energy with experience and depth. His interpretations express innovative approach and unstoppable artistic temperament.
JARED SOLDIVIERO, Percussion. Mr Soldiviero is equally at home both on Broadway and the world’s leading convert halls. He has performed with the pit orchestras of Les Misérables, Flying Over Sunset, Hello Dolly!, An American in Paris, Bullets Over Broadway to name a few. Mr. Soldiviero is the percussionist for Deviant Septet and has performed with Alarm Will Sound, ICE, Wet Ink, Wordless Music and Perspectives Ensemble among others.
JASON WIRTH, Rehearsal Pianist and Coach. "Jason Wirth [spun] a gossamer web of unusual sounds on the piano," writes the The New York Times. Mr. Wirth has soloed with the Moscow Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His recording of Poulenc's The Story of Babar, with actor Michael Douglas narrating, has received great acclaim. Mr. Wirth studied at Mannes and Yale School of Music.
AMIR FARID, Rehearsal Pianist. Winner of the prestigious 2006 Australian National Piano Award, Amir Farid is a New York-based Iranian-Australian solo pianist, associate artist and chamber musician. He has been described as "a highly creative musician, a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding".
TYSON DEATON, Rehearsal Pianist. With his musical roots in the standard operatic repertoire from the Baroque Era to Puccini and beyond, Tyson Deaton's affinity for contemporary works is also acclaimed by audiences and critics. He made his Fort Worth Opera debut in the inaugural production of the "Opera Unbound" series with Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied, and conducted its premiere recording on the Albany label.