arx duo is Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga. Dedicated to the creation and presentation of new music, arx duo’s mission is to foster audiences that are imaginative and open-minded through engagement and creation of art; forming intrinsic values that further connect people.
Arney and Yoshinaga are some of the leading pioneers within the percussion chamber music community. Together, they have had premiere performances throughout the globe, conducted workshops on three continents, worked with a variety of composers and artists to bring new creations to audiences everywhere, and are making their Carnegie Hall debut in April, 2020.
Both students of pedagogue Robert van Sice, the duo met while studying at Yale School of Music in 2012. The name “arx duo” comes from the artists’ desire to forge new connections and artistic pathways or “arcs” between composers and the audience, expanding the opportunities for new works to reach new audiences.
Since first becoming an ensemble, arx duo has commissioned and premiered a wide breadth of repertoire and collaborative projects. Composers they have collaborated directly on projects and new works with include Alejandro Viñao, Ted Hearne, Alyssa Weinberg, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Steve Mackey, Robert Honstein, Heather Stephenson, Jason Treuting, Nick DiBerardino, James Wood, Michael Laurello, Dominic Murcott, DESIVO, Jonny Allen, and many others.
Currently, arx duo is faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, Young Artist Summer Program. arx duo has held guest faculty positions at Michigan State University, the Peabody Conservatory, and Trinity Laban Conservatory in London. Other residencies and guest teaching positions has brought arx duo to University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Massachusetts, Musashino Music Conservatory in Tokyo, Vanderbilt University, and Bowling Green State University among others.
Last season, arx duo gave over 40 performances world-wide. So far this year they have released their first album on nonclassical records, received not-for-profit status in the state of Washington, launched six new commissioning projects, and have performed at Royal Albert Hall, Artosphere Music Festival, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Emerald City Music, Brooklyn Bound, Vancouver Recital Society, and Facebook.
It is arx duo’s belief that they can contribute to the revitalization of live music through commissioning new works, collaborating with other artists in unique projects, and educating the next generation of percussionists and musicians to value the art of engaging with audiences and creating new opportunities.
*arx duo is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
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