Ensemble KNM Berlin

The Ensemble KNM Berlin is part of the lively contemporary music scene in Berlin. Founded in 1988 by Juliane Klein, Thomas Bruns, and other students at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler school of music, the ensemble today consists of 10 musicians from Germany, Great Britain, and Switzerland. The ensemble presents compositions, concert installations, and concert projects created in close cooperation with composers, authors, conductors, artists, and stage directors from around the world. The programs reflect a curiosity to explore the unknown and a willingness to confront the most pressing themes of our times. Since its founding, the ensemble has performed in more than a thousand concerts.

KNM Berlin has earned an international reputation with repeated guest appearances at important music festivals, such as ars musica (Brussels), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Musiques (Marseille), MaerzMusik (Berlin), musica Strasbourg, Reims Scène d’Europe, SettembreMusica (Torino), Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik, Wiener Festwochen or Wien Modern, but also through their original productions, among them “HouseMusik”, “space+place”, “KNM New Music Spa”, “Clang Cut Book”, “The Photographer” or “Das Stereoskop der Einsamkeiten”. Concert tours have taken KNM to halls like Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Wiener Konzerthaus, Santory Hall (Tokyo) or the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

In 2011 and 2012, KNM put forward several equally ambitious and unexpected projects: In more than 30 citywide “lunch & after work”-concerts, the ensemble presented a panorama of international composition throughout Berlin, and the audio-tour “Gehörte Stadt” invited the audience to join acoustic guided tours through the city. In 2012 and 2013, the ensemble also portrayed the French music scene in a series of 17 concerts at the Berlin Institut Français. And in 2013 and 2015, KNM Berlin was invited by the Akademie Opus XXI to Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (France) and Salem (Germany) to work with young composers and performers.

In 2015, KNM developed a concert series entitled “Pol(s)ka”, which focused on contemporary music in Poland. In 2016, the ensemble initiated an exchange programme with the South Indian metropolis of Chennai and were the first artists worldwide that ever interpret Carnatic music by means of a graphic notation system. In 2017, they launched their own concert series at Radialsystem Berlin, under the title “Die Welt nach Tiepolo”. Additionally, KNM Berlin and literaturwerkstatt Berlin developed the platform “3D-Poesie” that brings together authors, composers and choreographs.

In 2009 and 2010, KNM were awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for their cooperation with composer Beat Furrer.


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