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ASPECT Foundation for Music and Arts was established to introduce and promote a novel concert format – ‘Music in Context’. We aim to transform a traditionally auditory experience into a fusion of various art forms, creating a thought-provoking amalgam of performance, lecture, and discussion, so as to present not only a recital, but an inspiring synthesis of music, art history and social culture.

Our central objectives, therefore, are to support and promote artists, to enlighten and inspire audiences through intellectually charged collaborations between musicians and speakers, and to forge meaningful and lasting connections between artist, audience and repertoire.

It’s more than a concert…





We provide a forum and support for those exceptional musicians who, in addition to possessing superb mastery of their instrument, are devoted to exploring the particular context of the music they perform. We welcome musicians who have a vision, philosophy and interpretation of their music which they are eager to share with the audience.



What We Do For The Audience

We provide our audience with a unique opportunity to experience music in the context of a particular theme, through a prism of history, philosophy, literature, and art in all its forms. It’s an opportunity to heighten one’s perception of music, and to discover new aspects of it.




Our idea to establish a privately-funded non-profit music and art foundation has been met with great enthusiasm. We pride ourselves on being about art for art’s sake. Therefore, our approach to programming is completely non-commercial and the success of our foundation depends solely on the support of our audience, in every possible sense.

If you are enthusiastic about our approach to music and programming, if you are excited about our concept and our wonderful performers, then please become our friend and supporter and enable us to bring you more of our captivating and enriching events.

By becoming our friend and supporter, you will be a part of our foundation and your contribution will be greatly appreciated, regardless of the amount.

In return, we will be happy to offer you the following benefits:

  • Advance information about our events
  • Priority bookings and VIP seats
  • Backstage access and invitations to post-concert receptions with the performers and other friends of the foundation
  • An opportunity to attend pre-concert rehearsals
  • Ticket discounts and special offers
  • A named credit in concert programs (unless you prefer for your name to remain undisclosed)

If you share our passion for music and arts, join us and help us continue to bring together exceptional artists and speakers who in turn will bring to you the unique experience of ‘Music in Context’.

To give us your support, please email irina@aspectfoundation.net. To become part of our loyal audience, please sign up using the ‘Join our mailing list’ form below so that we can keep you informed about our upcoming events.

The impulse to create this foundation came from the musicians I was fortunate enough to encounter – musicians who were not only excellent artists, but true intellectuals. Their profound knowledge of every aspect of the music they perform has significantly deepened my own perception of it.

The concept of ‘Music in Context’ seemed perfectly harmonious: musicians who are willing to share their skills, vision and knowledge are given a forum to do so; members of the audience, eager to nurture their minds and souls, are given an opportunity to experience music in a particular artistic context and to hear the insights of those intimately familiar with it.

Our concept is continuously evolving. Whether we inquire into the composer’s mindset at the time of the music’s creation or investigate the mysteries of his or her creative process; whether we delve into the history of the music and into the spirit of its time or explore the literary, philosophical or historical influences on the music, we always endeavour to set the context for each musical piece. We strive to enable the audience to decipher the meaning of the music, and to find an individual connection with it.

Irina Knaster



It’s more than a concert...  Join us, and become a part of this unique and exhilarating experience…

ASPECT FOUNDATION FOR MUSIC AND ARTS is a non-profit organization registered in New York under registration number 45-51-25.