“The chamber ensemble fivebyfive has quickly become a go-to source for contemporary
classical concert music in Rochester. “
— Daniel J. Kushner, CITY Newspaper

”...every bit of the performance (Aria) was an absolute masterpiece. This year the collaborators were joined by soprano Kearstin Piper Brown and chamber ensemble fivebyfive...”
— Rebecca Rafferty, City Newspaper (Rochester NY)

“When fivebyfive played on “Live from Hochstein,” they brought music that had never been heard on WXXI to the program. I absolutely loved hearing their music. Their playing was impeccable, and the audience loved the program too. Afterwards, many of those there at Hochstein and those who had heard it on the radio had positive things to say and wanted to hear more from the group.”
— Mona Seghatoleslami, Classical 91.5 WXXI

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fivebyfive awarded commissioning grant by New Music USA

Rochester-based quintet fivebyfive is excited to receive funding from New Music USA to commission four new works by composers EDIE HILL, JUNG SUN KANG, ANDREA MAZZARIELLO, and JONATHAN RUSSELL. The pieces will be premiered at an exhibition of the renowned stained glass artist Judith Schaechter in Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery in February of 2020.

Schaechter has explored and pushed the limits of the stained-glass medium for over 35 years. Her singular, subversive, and masterful approach has altered the landscape of contemporary American art. She embraces the inherent contradictions of her work, gleefully melding the opposing currents of high and low, beauty and gore, sacred and profane, and transcendence and defeat.


fivebyfive's mission is to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. Through its workshops and educational concerts fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential.