Announcements

Astral announces new Artistic Director

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral announces today that composer Dan Visconti, who served as Astral’s Artistic Advisor for the past season, will move into the role of Artistic Director at the start of the 2017-2018 season. As part of the staff leadership, Visconti will help lead Astral’s programming into the future, to develop a vision for the modern (read more…)

2017 NATIONAL AUDITIONS WINNERS

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 15, 2017—Astral is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 National Auditions. Selected from an initial pool of applicants from across the United States, and following a competitive audition and interview process, six exceptionally gifted rising-star artists have been invited to join Astral’s prestigious roster. They are: CELLO Zlatomir Fung Thomas (read more…)

2017 NATIONAL AUDITIONS – PANELISTS ANNOUNCED

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral announces the panelists for its 2017 National Auditions in the strings, piano, woodwinds, and small chamber ensemble disciplines. The auditions will take place in Philadelphia on June 5, 6, and 7. The independent panel, comprised of industry-leading musicians, managers, and presenters, will adjudicate the live auditions and recommend artists to be passed on (read more…)

ASTRAL Announces 2017/2018 Season

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral announces its 2017/2018 Astral In Concert season. The series features Astral’s signature Center City Concerts series, which presents programming of time-honored masterworks, rarely heard chamber music gems, and new works made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning Program. Astral also continues its popular Astral Circle salon series in homes in and around Philadelphia. “Astral In Concert is a (read more…)

Astral & The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Launch Partnership

  PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 8, 2017 — Astral and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) are pleased to announce a new partnership between their esteemed Philadelphia institutions. Starting in the 2017/2018 season, COP will annually feature an Astral Spotlight Artist as soloist on their regular series program at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (read more…)

2017 Astral National Auditions: Application Deadline

Philadelphia, PA, January 3, 2017–Astral Artists is pleased to announce that the 2017 Astral National Auditions application is now open. The application deadline is March 8, 2017. An independent panel will screen applicants anonymously. Those who pass this preliminary round will be invited to Philadelphia in early June to audition live for an esteemed panel (read more…)

Astral appoints Dan Visconti as Artistic Advisor

  PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 31—Astral announces the appointment of award-winning composer Dan Visconti as its Artistic Advisor. Based in Chicago, Visconti is one of the leading composers of his generation, and is also the Director of Artistic Programming at Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble. Under the auspices of the ensemble, Visconti works with young musicians at (read more…)

2016 National Auditions Winners

  PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 18, 2016—Astral Artists is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 National Auditions. Selected from an initial pool of several hundred applicants, and following a competitive audition and interview process, seven exceptionally gifted rising-star artists have been invited to join Astral’s prestigious roster. “We are thrilled to have such an (read more…)

2016 National Auditions – Panelists Announced

2016 NATIONAL AUDITIONS LIVE AUDITIONS PANELISTS The 2016 National Auditions panel is comprised of industry-leading musicians, managers, and presenters, in the strings, piano, small chamber ensemble, woodwinds, and voice disciplines. The independent panel adjudicates the Semi-Finalists and recommends Finalists for the interview round of the Auditions. The 2016 National Auditions Panelists are: STRINGS Michael Barrett (read more…)