Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her 1993 New York debut, she was heralded as "a determined protector of important music" (New York Times). Recognized a "one of the greatest interpreters of new music" (American Record Guide), she has been named "Best of the Year" by some of the nation's leading critics.

Marilyn Nonken's performances have been presented at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, (Le) Poisson Rouge, IRCAM and the Théâtre Bouffe du Nord (Paris), the ABC (Melbourne), Instituto-Norteamericano (Santiago), the Music Gallery (Toronto), the Phillips Collection, and the Menil Collection, as well as conservatories and universities around the world. Festival appearances include Résonances and the Festival d'Automne 4both, Paris) and When Morty Met John, Making Music, and Works and Process (all, 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), New Music Days (Ostrava), Musikhøst (Odense), Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), Piano Festival Northwest (Portland), and the William Kapell International Piano Festival and Competition. Highlights of recent seasons have included performances of Hugues Dufourt's Erlkönig, Morton Feldman'sTriadic Memories,Tristan Murail's complete piano music, and Olivier Messiaen's "Visions de'l Amen" with Sarah Rothenberg. Composers who have written for her include Milton Babbitt, Drew Baker, Pascal Dusapin, Jason Eckardt, Michael Finnissy, Joshua Fineberg, Liza Lim, and Tristan Murail.

The Spectral Piano

New Book Release

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

Now available from Cambridge University Press

New CD Release


VOIX VOILEÉS — Spectral Piano Music
Piano Music by Joshua Fineberg and Hugues Dufourt

Metiér — MSV 28524
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Upcoming Performances

Environs Messiaen: "Immeasurable Space"
With Geneviève Grenier, ondes martenot
Sage Chapel, Cornell University
March 5, 8:00 PM

Environs Messiaen: "The Spectral Piano"
Marilyn Nonken, lecture-recital
Barnes Hall, Cornell University
March 6, 1:30 PM

Environs Messiaen: Ensemble X
Music of Vivier, Grisey, Harvey
Sage Chapel, Cornell University
March 6, 8:00 PM

Solo Recital
Marilyn Nonken Plays Vivier, Troncin, Fineberg
Pianopoly @EMPAC
April 11