Ensemble Modern Orchestra

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Ensemble Modern

Since its founding in 1980, Ensemble Modern (EM) has been among the leading New Music ensembles. It currently unites 20 soloists from 10 nations. The Ensemble Modern is known for its unique organisation and working method, foregoing an artistic director: projects, co-productions and financial matters are decided and implemented jointly. Its unique and distinctive programming includes musical theatre works, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral concerts.Tours and guest appearances have taken it to the most renowned festivals and distinguished performance venues, such as the Salzburg Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, Festwochen Wien, Musikfest Berlin, MusikTriennale Cologne, Lincoln Center Festival in New York, settembre musica in Turin, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the Lucerne Festival, as well as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt Opera, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Essen’s Philharmonie and Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus. The musicians rehearse an average of 100 new works every year, 20 of which are world premieres. Since 2000 audio and video-productions have been released by the ensemble’s own label, Ensemble Modern Media.

Ensemble Modern is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the City of Frankfurt, the German Ensemble Academy, the Ministry of Science and Art of the State of Hesse and the GVL. The Ensemble Modern musicians thank the Aventis Foundation for financing a chair in their ensemble. hr2-kultur is Ensemble Modern’s cultural affairs partner.


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