S.E.M. Ensemble


Upcoming Concerts

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This month, Ostrava Center for New Music is
producing two events to honor Petr Kotik

April 26, @ 7pm

 Galerie PLATO, Ostrava

April 28, @ 7pm
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

Featuring a program with World Premieres Composed just for the occasion


                                                       Christian Wolff       Small World
                                                         Anna Heflin             Such and Such is Such and Such
                                                         Bernhard Lang       Game 12
                                                         Petr Cígler              Rattle Snake No. 1
                                                         Daniel Skála           Petram
                                                         Ana Sokolović        Holub-Ježek-Kočka
                                                         Phill Niblock           Petr's Charm
                                                         Petr Bakla              Two Instances
                                                         Petr Kotik               Two in One



Performances by

Ostravská banda (international)

 and soloists

Han Kotková, violin (Lugano)

Daniel Skála, cimbalom (Ostrava)

Gabriela Krchňáčková, cimbalom (Ostrava)

Daan Vandewalle, piano (Ghent)


Bruno Ferrandis (Paris)

Jiří Rožeň (Prague)

Petr Kotik (New York)


Tickets and Information available here:





The Future of Concert Music? Reflections From Petr Kotik, published in The Brooklyn Rail's March 2022 edition

"A classically trained, and performing, musician who opposes contemporary compositions is a clown seeking to entertain the audience."- Petr Kotik

Read more over at: The Brooklyn Rail.


Petr Kotik receives 2022 John Cage Award


On January 27th, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced its 2022 awards, with 20 artists recognized in the fields of dance, music & sound art, performance art & theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Among the grantees is Petr Kotik, who receives the 2022 John Cage Award.

Since 1992, the John Cage Award has been given biannually to a composer, musician, or performance artist who has contributed to challenging cultural horizons in the spirit of John Cage. Past awardees include Toshi Ichiyanagi, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Ashley, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, Takehisa Kosugi, and David Tudor.

Kotik had previously been awarded a Grant to Artists by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 1996.  

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) was founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns with the support of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. More information on the FCA's history can be found here.

SEM congratulates Petr and the other grantees on this achievement.


Recent News

On February 17th, SEM held the 2022 Emerging Composers Workshop and Concert  – See our Instagram for photos.

Petr Kotik has received the 2022 John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Learn more here.

New York Classical Review published a review of our recent holiday concert. Read it here!

The Brooklyn Rail published a review of Ostrava Days. Check it out here!

Ostrava Days 2021 took place from August 9 - 28. For more information about the Institute and Festival, click here.

SEM's 2020-21 season concluded in June. Explore it here.

SEM's New Music Outdoors I concert is now available to watch on YouTube.

OCNM has published a video of SEM's performance John Cage's "Song Books I, II" at the NODO 2018 Festival. Watch it here.

Check out the first two segments of "Unfolding the Past" on SEM's history here! More soon.

Contact Us

S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc.
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Peter Kalal, Coordinator at:


S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2021-22 season has been made possible with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Amphion Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, The Fromm Music Foundation, The Low Road Foundation, Sheldon Berlow, Stephen J. Deutsch, Virginia Dwan, Martina Forman, Philip Foster, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Beth Greenberg and Jim Wright, Charlotta Kotik, Raymond Learsy, Julian Lethbridge, Rotraut Moquay, and Noni Pratt. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Jasper Johns, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Lincoln Restler.