Inaugurated with The Formosa Quartet in 2014, the Ensemble-in-Residence program establishes a two-year partnership with groups whose mission and projects align with the mission of Art of Élan. The residency includes performance opportunities, commissioning opportunities, and possible recording support. Our 2016-2018 partners are the critically acclaimed NOW Ensemble, whose San Diego appearances in 2017 included a free concert at the San Diego Museum of Art as well as a highly successful collaboration with Malashock Dance in June of 2017 as part of Art of Élan’s 10th Anniversary commissioning projects.

NOW Ensemble returns to San Diego in the spring of 2018 to work with Tijuana composer Andrés Martín and premiere a new work commissioned by Art of Élan for performances in both San Diego and Tijuana in May of 2018.


 “NOW shares Art of Élan’s commitment to community engagement, and looks forward to deepening ties with the San Diego arts community over the next two years and for years to come,”

 Michael Mizrahi, NOW Ensemble pianist and managing director.


NOW Ensemble featuring Alex Sopp, Alicia Lee, Logan Coale, Mark Dancigers and Michael Mizrahi

NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. They also are committed to bringing some of the most exciting composers of their generation to national and international recognition. Based in New York, they are part of the growing group of new artists under the New Amsterdam Records label.

Over the past few years, New Amsterdam Records has partnered with Art of Élan to develop a bi-coastal relationship that affects cultural change and promotes artists working on both coasts.