WQXR endeavors to bring the joys of classical music to as many people as possible through radio broadcasts, digital services, immersive music festivals, live events and deep exploration of the music and the masters behind it. From the one of the most vibrant cultural capitals in the world, WQXR is uniting a community of passionate classical music fans, introducing new generations to the genre and celebrating the music in life.

Carnegie Hall Live
WQXR’s Carnegie Hall Live brought listeners 12 performances live from Carnegie Hall’s 2015-16 season, featuring some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras and performers. The season launched with Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night featuring pianist Evgeny Kissin, and also included the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and pianist Yuja Wang, as well as new commissions from leading and emerging composers as part of Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project in honor of the institution’s 125th anniversary. Performances aired and streamed live on WQXR 105.9FM and WQXR.org, and were made available for on-demand listening. The recordings were post-produced by WQXR and distributed to more than 200 stations across the country.

WQXR in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
WQXR presented 23 live events in The Greene Space featuring performances by and conversations with a variety of established and emerging artists. Superstar pianist Daniil Trifonov performed to a sold-out audience in The Greene Space, and The Metropolitan Opera previewed its new production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with its stars Diana Damrau and Matthew Polenzani. Other highlights included Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich; duo pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton performing a world premiere from John Adams; and 2015 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Winner, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Q2 Music presented a special evening with opera, theater, and festival director Peter Sellars and musicians from the Ojai Music Festival. WQXR also catered to the youngest classical music fans with a performance featuring students from the New York City Department of Education Summer Arts Institute and a New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert.

Frédéric Chopin Marathon
On June 4, 2016, WQXR held an all-day Frédéric Chopin marathon in The Greene Space hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest and Terrance McKnight. The marathon let fans immerse themselves in Chopin’s music, offering more than ten hours of Chopin’s solo piano pieces performed by today’s brightest piano virtuosos and the day’s performances were made available to all through WQXR’s site and mobile app.

WQXR’s New Daily Playlist: In October 2016, WQXR newsletter subscribers began receiving a morning rundown of the day’s playlist, helping them plan their listening. Sign up here.

Looking at the Future for WQXR
The Thompson Family Foundation provided WQXR with a significant planning grant in Fiscal Year 2016 to help WQXR look at the opportunities for building both its local brand, as well as opportunities to create a national classical music brand to serve audiences craving for more classical music across the country.

WQXR’s Classical Moonlighter’s Competition

With a goal of highlighting the best undiscovered classical musicians from all around New York City, WQXR launched the Classical Moonlighters Competition and invited amateur musicians to compete in a live performance setting. From 800 audition videos, ten semifinalists were selected for each of the three age categories, and 11,000 online votes selected the three finalists in each age category. The finalists performed in The Greene Space in May and winners in each age category were selected: the Memmiani Piano Trio (age 13-18), soprano Sarah Lucero (age 19-34), and the Violas of Camarata Notturna (35+). Winners got professional, private coaching and the chance to perform at Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium.

WQXR’s Second Instrument Drive
In April 2016, at an event in Lincoln Center with New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, WQXR kicked off the second Instrument Drive. The effort called upon listeners and members of the community to donate their gently used instruments to be refurbished and then placed in New York City, Newark and community music programs. During the ten-day drive, instruments were collected at drop off locations in all five boroughs, in Newark, New Jersey, and delivered by Uber. More than 2,000 instruments were collected. Key partners included New York City Department of Education, Newark Public Schools, Materials for the Arts, Sam Ash Music Stores and Uber. This year a documentary film inspired by WXQR’s 2014 Instrument Drive called Joe’s Violin was also featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The WQXR Advisory Group advises WQXR on its growth and development as a public radio station and destination for classical music. It is composed of New York Public Radio trustees as well as other supporters from cultural and philanthropic organizations in New York. Members:

Martha J. Fleischman*, Chair

Susan Braddock

Judith M. Carson*
Arts Educator

Alain Coblence
Coblence & Associates

Paul Guenther
Retired President, PaineWebber
Chairman Emeritus, New York Philharmonic

Robert M. Kornreich
Senior Partner
Wolf Popper, LLP

Marianne C. Lockwood
Co-Founder, Orchestra of St. Luke’s & DiMenna Center for Classical Music Arts Advisor, The Enoch Foundation

Lawrence Maisel
Chief Legal Officer

Joanne Banks Matthews*

Christina McInerney
Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Bethany Millard*

Richard A. Pace*
Retired Executive Vice President
Bank of New York Mellon

Graham Parker
General Manager of WQXR and Vice President of New York Public Radio

Ellen Polaner*

Roberta Schneiderman

Lauren Seikaly*

Nicki Newman Tanner*
Oral historian; speaker and writer on women’s philanthropy

Cynthia King Vance*
Adjunct Professor, Hunter College

Grace Lyu Volckhausen
Tiger Baron Foundation

Laura R. Walker*
President and CEO
New York Public Radio

Alan G. Weiler*
Weiler Arnow Management Co., Inc.

Mary White, MD

*New York Public Radio Board of Trustees

WQXR FY16 Cultural Partners

American Composers Orchestra

American Pianists Awards

Arts Brookfield

Astral Artists

Apollo Theater

Avery Fisher Career Grant

Berlin Philharmonic

Bronx Museum

Brooklyn Music School

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Carnegie Hall

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Edward T. Cone Composers Institute

Evnin Rising Stars

The Frick Collection

George London Foundation

Gina Bachauer Piano Competition

The Glimmerglass Festival

Honens Piano Competition

InterContinental New York Barclay

International Young Artists Piano Competition

iPalpiti Festival

Kaufman Music Center

Keshet Eilon String Mastercourse

(le) Poisson Rouge

Library of Congress

Lincoln Center

London Symphony Orchestra

Lucerne Festival

Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York

Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic

Marilyn Horne Song Competition

Marlboro Music Festival

Martina Arroyo Foundation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Materials for the Arts


Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Opera

Music Academy of the West

National Orchestral Institute

National Sawdust

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts at Central Park

Newark Public Schools

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

New York City Department of Education

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players

New York International Piano Competition

New York Philharmonic


Ojai Music Festival

Opera Philadelphia

Pro Musicis International Award

Richard Tucker Foundation

Royal Opera House

Sam Ash Music Stores

Sarasota Orchestra

Salon de Virtuosi

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Sound Cloud

Summer Arts Institute

Symphony Space

Tureck Bach Competition


Yale School of Music

Young Concert Artists International

92nd Street Y