"That corner spot? It’s perfect for a concert."
- The New York Times


Tertulia is a chamber music series based in New York City. Designed to highlight the symbiotic relationship between performance and culinary art, Tertulia presents concerts at restaurants.

Formatted as a dinner-concert with three performances separated by extended intermissions, a typical Tertulia presents 60 minutes of music, with at least 75 minutes set aside for eating, drinking, and socializing.

During performances restaurant service is suspended and conversation stops.

Artistic Directors

Bringing together their shared passion for chamber music and New York City’s unmatched culinary arts scene, Artistic Directors Julia Villagra and James Austin Smith have created a vibrant concert series aimed at New York’s dynamic generation of young music-lovers. Julia, Tertulia’s founder, serves as the organization’s Executive and Co-Artistic Director. James, a New York-based oboist praised for his "virtuosic" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times), joined Julia as Co-Artistic Director in 2014, and is the driving force behind the musical direction of the series.

Restaurant Partnership

Tertulia partner restaurants host the city’s best musicians in the intimacy of their venue. With Tertulia as the organizer, our hosts attract new patrons and engage existing patrons by offering them a world-class experience. Additionally, becoming a Tertulia partner means supporting the local arts community: we are a non-profit 501(c)(3).

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