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Luke Fleming, MCP Artistic Director and Violist

Welcome to our website!  Let me tell you a little bit about Manhattan Chamber Players.  When I decided to form MCP, I had been playing in a professional string quartet for six years.  Though I was so lucky to be playing the amazing string quartet repertoire every day, I found myself more and more often trying to create opportunities to play other chamber music with the people with whom I had come up in the music world—people who shared a common musical background and ideals of music making.  These were the beginnings of my idea to create a chamber music collective with these colleagues and friends, an idea that has finally come to fruition with Manhattan Chamber Players!  It was a labor of love, truly “all about the music,” created purely in service of the great chamber repertoire we have at our fingertips.

 

All the members of our ensemble have impressive independent careers – as soloists, members of professional string quartets or other chamber groups, and even two world-renowned composers who write music specifically for MCP – but we all share a desire to come together and perform the great chamber repertoire as often as we have the opportunity.  In addition to presenting our own series of concerts in New York, we also travel to music festivals, chamber music series, restaurants, private homes, and other alternative venues across the world to perform in small chamber groups tailored to fit any presenter’s needs or repertoire requirements.  Therefore, a presenter may view us just like any other chamber group, but with the flexibility of programming to suit practically anything in the rich string/piano chamber repertoire.  It is intentional that the members of the groups we program vary from performance to performance; our unanimity of approach and purpose, combined with the sheer joy of being able to play this music together, gives each performance a palpable energy and spontaneity.

 

Please take a look around the rest of the website: see and hear MCP members perform together on our Listen page, check out our roster and see photos of and read about our enormously talented individual artists on our Artists page, and take a look at our exciting repertoire for the 2016 – 2017 season.  We look forward to playing these fantastic pieces for you sometime soon!