Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn Nonken (Director of Piano Studies, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education, NYU Steinhardt) commands a repertoire comprising the complete piano music of Schoenberg and Boulez, as well as works by pioneers of the New York School (Feldman, Wolff, Lucier), the New Complexity (Dillon, Eckardt, Ferneyhough, Finnissy) and musique spectral (Dufourt, Fineberg, Murail, Vivier). Her performances have been presented at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette (New York), IRCAM and the Théâtre Bouffe du Nord (Paris), the ABC (Melbourne), Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano (Santiago), the Music Gallery (Toronto), the Phillips Collection, and Menil Collection, and conservatories and universities around the world. Festival appearances include Résonances and the Festival d'Automne (Paris), When Morty Met John, Making Music, Works and Process, and Composers Now (New York), American Sublime (Philadelphia), The Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), Musica Nova (Helsinki), Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd-hui (Caen), Messiaen 2008 (Birmingham, UK), ATEMPO (Caracas), New Music Days (Ostrava), Musikhøst (Odense), Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland), Unruly Music (Milwaukee), and the William Kapell International Piano Festival and Competition. Upcoming premieres include works written for her by Marcos Balter, Edmund Campion, Richard Carrick, Victoria Cheah, Brian Erickson, Christopher Trapani, and Nina C. Young. Recent releases include her monograph The Spectral Piano: From Liszt, Scriabin, and Debussy to the Digital Age (Cambridge) and the recordings Voix Voilées: Spectral Music for Piano (Metier), A Distant Music (New World), and Subject (Tzadik). She has recorded additionally for Lovely Music, Albany, Divine Art, Innova, CRI, BMOP Sound, New Focus, Kairos, Mode, and Bridge. A Steinway Artist, Marilyn lives with her husband, the theatre writer George Hunka, and their two daughters.

The Spectral Piano

"The Spectral Piano: From Liszt, Debussy and Scriabin to the Digital Age"

Now available from Cambridge University Press

"A screaming success ….Few books can boast as much, and it is gratifying to encounter an international concert performer who can make so engaging a discourse around her core repertoire."
— Bob Gilmore, Tempo, April 2015

New CD Release


A DISTANT MUSIC: Music by Paul Nauert

New World Records: 80769
Purchase CD | Amazon | New World

Upcoming Performances

"Mysterious Bridges: The Interdisciplinary Odyssey of The Spectral Piano"
NYU FAS Department of Music's 2015-16 Colloquium Series
100 Washington Square East, Silver Center, Room 320
October 22, 2015, 5:30 pm

Marilyn Nonken plays Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories
NUNC! New Music Conference and Festival, Chicago, IL
November 6, 2015, 10:00 pm


Pianospectryx is a cooperative effort overseen by pianist Marilyn Nonken, one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation. Pianospectryx pursues performances, commissions, recordings, and educational initiatives that explore the contemporary piano in both chamber and solo contexts, with an eye towards the development in particular of spectral music and its neighboring aesthetics.

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