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Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

About Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Arthur Weisberg created the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble in 1961. While he was the conductor and music director, the CCE toured throughout the United States and the rest of the world, giving over 100 world premieres. They completed recordings, and have several prize winning recordings to their credit.

Weisberg attended the High School of Music and Art and the Juilliard School of Music, majoring in bassoon with Simon Kovar. He played first bassoon with the Houston and Baltimore Symphonies and second bassoon with the Cleveland Orchestra, before coming back to New York City to study conducting with Jean Morel. At this time, Weisberg was first bassoon with the Symphony of the Air (formerly the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini).

He was bassoonist with the New York Woodwind Quintet for 14 years and has taught at Juilliard, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Yale University. Professor Weisberg and the New York Philharmonic have recorded George Crumb's "A Haunted Landscape." He has conducted the Milwaukee Symphony and the Sjaellands and Aalborg Symphonies of Denmark.

Weisberg is the author of two books, "The Art of Wind Playing", published by G. Schirmer, and "Performing 20th Century Music-a Handbook for Conductors and Instrumentalists," published by Yale University Press. He has composed numerous works, and has made several editions for bassoon, including a transcription of the Bach Cello Suites and a set of 15 Etudes for Bassoon in the style of 20th Century music.

Latest Release

  • Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord

    Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord

    This collection of mid-century works from American composer Elliot Carter presents a study of contrasts, in which seemingly divergent instrumentation, form, and harmony are juxtaposed to create pieces that simultaneously look forward and back. The album captures members of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble performing these now classic works of American 20th-century music.