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Sound Icon under Means’s direction played bravely, with precision and fierce commitment before a large and youngish crowd...truly ambitious programming like this will always find an audience.

- Jeremy Eichler for The Boston Globe


Sound Icon is a Boston-based sinfonietta committed to performing the most significant, progressive works of the past few decades.  As a sinfonietta, Sound Icon offers the color palette of a full orchestra with the precision and flexibility of a chamber ensemble. The technical and logistical challenges of contemporary repertoire for sinfonietta often discourage live performance in the United States; however, Sound Icon embraces this music and aims to bring it to Boston and beyond. Through ambitious programming performed to the highest standards, Sound Icon engages audiences in dialogues about what recent music can be: music that redefines rules, experiences, and expectations.



Hans Abrahamsen

Tony Arnold

Pierluigi Billone

Anthony Cheung

Joshua Fineberg

Beat Furrer


Paavali Jumppanen

Philippe Leroux

Marilyn Nonken

Roger Reynolds

Salvatore Sciarrino




  • Performance of Georg Friedrich Haas' In Vain named 2012 New Music Performance of the Year by The Boston Globe

  • US Premiere of Pierluigi Billone's Verticale Muto for large ensemble

  • Worked closely with Salvatore Sciarrino on his seminal monodrama Infinito Nero

  • US Premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's hour-long Concerto Seraphin

  • Featured ensemble for the 2013 Fromm Concerts at Harvard University

Hanspeter Kyburz's Cells (for saxophone and ensemble)

Georg Friedrich Haas' La Profondeur

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