Mark Peskanov & Olga Bloom

Contacting Us

Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Olga BloomFounder

Mark PeskanovPresident, Executive & Artistic Director

Board of Directors

David Bottoms
Joseph Coyne
Dr. Geza von Habsburg
Mark Peskanov
DeBorge Pinnington
Rita Sloan

Site Credits

Anne Garland—Site Design

With special thanks to photographer Etienne Frossard.

About Bargemusic

Also: Directions to Bargemusic | Our funders & how to support us

Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue—a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both established and emerging musicians perform at Bargemusic on a small stage with the dramatic backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline.

Bargemusic Mission

From its inception, Bargemusic has been committed to attracting local audiences and enhancing the cultural life of New York by offering frequent, year-round performances of chamber music in a fittingly intimate setting—the type of setting in which chamber music is meant to be heard. To make this unique musical experience available to as many people as possible, Bargemusic presents more than 200 chamber music concerts annually, year-round—and offers free tickets to a variety of groups, plus an admission free Neighborhood Family Concert on Saturday afternoons.

About Mark Peskanov, Bargemusic President, Executive & Artistic Director

The distinguished career of Mark Peskanov has taken him on numerous occasions, as a soloist, to the major concert halls and orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Japan, and South America.

A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Mr. Peskanov immigrated with his family to the United States when he was fifteen and was immediately accepted as a student at the Julliard School where he won the Competition which led to a nation-wide tour of all the major orchestras in America, including his Kennedy Center Debut as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. He went on to receive the first Frederick R. Mann Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and Carnegie Hall’s first Isaac Stern Award.

Mr. Peskanov was always, and continues to be, a champion of contemporary music. He instituted the critically acclaimed Here and Now series at Bargemusic, featuring contemporary composers. For his Carnegie Hall debut Mr. Peskanov premiered the John Williams Violin Concerto, with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as recording it with the London Symphony. For his debut with the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Peskanov chose to premiere a new concerto written for him by Stanley Wolf, and in 2004 he premiered a violin concerto written especially for him by Adolphus Hailstork.

As a recitalist and ensemble player, Mr. Peskanov has collaborated with Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Yefim Bronfman. Appearances at music festivals have included those of Aspen, Boulder, Grant Park, The Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood and Wolf Trap as well as numerous European festivals. His most recent CD releases were nominated for Grammy Awards.

“Triumph at Carnegie Hall—Mr. Peskanov has it all— technique, temperament and taste.” —The New York Times

Mr. Peskanov was named by the founder of Bargemusic, Olga Bloom, as her successor in 2005.

The Bargemusic Story

Bargemusic at night

Founder Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. For her “floating concert hall,” she chose a 100-foot steel barge that had been built in 1899 and had served much of the last century as a working vessel in the New York harbor, delivering hand-loaded sacks of coffee for the Erie Lackawanna railroad. Back then the barge was a somber railroad green; now it is painted white, and the last vestige of its prior life hauling coffee is the “EL 375” embossed in the diamond plate steel deck facing the East River.

“Today our cargo is beautiful music. Our audience and supporters are the good, brave, strong towboats pulling us along in our destiny—as are the fine artists from all over the world who perform here, and the good, brave, strong captain Mark Peskanov who programs our mystical endeavor.” —Olga Bloom


Photos from Our Archives

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The Bargemusic interior all aglow with a new floor.

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A New York City fireboat water display in the East River.

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Musicians performing outside Bargemusic.

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Concertgoers arriving at Bargemusic. photo: Joan Tedeschi

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Founder/chairman Olga Bloom on the stage. photo: Randy Duchaine

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Olga Bloom giving an early performance. photo: Lawrence Kamische

banner photo: Anne Garland; photo of Bargemusic at night: Etienne Frossard