Lost Dog is the longest-running new music ensemble in Queens, New York, and is proud to be an ambassador for contemporary music in the borough’s burgeoning scene. Over the past ten seasons, the ensemble has presented over 35 world premiere performances of music by American composers, as well as many US and East Coast premieres by major international composers. With an eponymous emphasis on unexplored and neglected repertoire, Lost Dog is dedicated to discovering and performing the greatest music of our time.
In Summer 2016, Lost Dog will release Chamber Music of Philippe Bodin, the first in a multi-disc series of composer portrait albums, intended to raise the profile of composers it has championed, including Philippe Bodin, Jeremy Podgursky, and Michael Hersch. Notable past projects by Lost Dog include a dance-theater production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic and controversial Vesalii Icones with choreographer Dora Arreola at historic Judson Church; the US premiere of Robert Simpson’s magnificent Horn Quartet; and the New York premiere, and only the second-ever complete performance of Michael Hersch’s epic, 3-hour The Vanishing Pavilions. Lost Dog’s current project is ‘Nørgård in New York’, a multi-concert Festival celebrating the great Danish composer Per Nørgård.
Founded in 1995, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble has performed across the United States and Europe. In 2003 Lost Dog became a member ensemble of the Astoria Music Society in Astoria, New York. The core ensemble is comprised of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and ’cello, and is led by Artistic Director and composer Garth Edwin Sunderland.