Artist: Decoda

Decoda is a New York City-based chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Decoda’s innovative performances and engaging projects with partners around the world are designed to engage with society, educate the next generation, and inspire a new entrepreneurial model for today’s artists.

The artists of Decoda first collaborated with one another in the renowned Ensemble ACJW fellowship program, created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and they now extend that relationship as an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Since its inception in 2011, Decoda’s projects have reached audiences in schools, hospitals and prisons as well as in prominent concert halls across the globe. Recent travels have taken Decoda to Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Hong Kong, and Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Denmark, and in the 2014-15 season, Decoda will present projects with partners in the U.S., Mexico, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Decoda’s engagements have included performances at the Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Bay Chamber Concerts (Maine), in the UK at the Southbank Centre and the Barbican (London), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Chelsea Music Festival (NYC), Carnegie Kids @ Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival (UAE), Við Djúpið Festival (Iceland), Programa de Educación Musical Fomento Cultural Banamex & Carnegie Hall (Mexico), and the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. Since 2011, Decoda has participated in Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program, undertaking creative projects at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Beth Abraham Hospital, Clinton High School in Bronx, NY and Valley Lodge Shelter. Decoda is also the resident ensemble at Greenwich House Music School in NYC’s West Village.

Its arts education initiative encourages young musicians to utilize chamber music as a means of exploring leadership and community service. Decoda artists teach young musicians the “Decoda way” of fully engaging audiences through scripted interactive performances focused on the specific community.


Seth Baer, bassoon

Brad Balliett, bassoon

Sarah Beaty, clarinet

Meena Bhasin, viola

Claire Bryant, cello

Paul Won Jin Cho, clarinet

Owen Dalby, violin

Yves Dharamraj, cello

Anna Elashvili, violin

Brian Ellingsen, double bass

Angelina Gadeliya, piano

Richard Harris, trombone

Leah Hollingsworth, viola

Shelley Monroe Huang, bassoon

David Kaplan, piano

Moran Katz, clarinet

Alicia Lee, clarinet

Erin Lesser, Flute

Alma Liebrecht, horn

ToniMarie Marchioni, oboe

Michael Mizrahi, piano

Paul Murphy, trumpet

Evan Premo, double bass

Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano 

Kris Saebo, double bass

Nathan Schram, viola

James Austin Smith, oboe

Caitlin Sullivan, cello

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello

New York City

Jane Antonia Cornish: ContinuumOceanic Verses


Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall



A Conversation with Decoda

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Along with a busy calendar of performances from Abu Dhabi to Iceland, Decoda also manages to find time to develop innovative projects that impact those at the margins of society – performing in schools, homeless shelters and also prisons.