Ensemble KNM Berlin

The ensemble KNM Berlin represents the vibrant, current music scene of metropolitan Berlin. Founded in 1988 by Juliane Klein, Thomas Bruns and other students of the Hanns Eisler School for Music Berlin in the former Eastern part of the city, it is shaped today by ten musical personalities from Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland.

The ensemble presents all over the world compositions, concert installations and concert projects which are created in close cooperation with composers, authors, conductors, artists and directors. They are sustained by a keen interest in the unknown and by an involvement in the essential issues of our times. Since its foundation, the ensemble has played more than a thousand concerts.

KNM Berlin gained its international recognition not only by repeatedly performing 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, settembre musica (Torino), Ultraschall – 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.

In the autumn of 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 to 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 are currently developing the platform “3D-Poesie”, where authors cooperate with composers and choreographs.

Since 2013, KNM Berlin has been in residence at Akademie Opus XXI, where they work with young composers and musical interpreters.

To date, the ensemble’s discography consists of 15  CDs. In 2009 and 2010, KNM were awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for their cooperation with composer Beat Furrer. They are currently in preparation for two CDs with portraits of Marco Stroppa and Christophe Bertrand.


As of January 2016

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