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Ensemble Modern Orchestra

In 1998, the Ensemble Modern founded the world’s first orchestra performing only music of the 20th and 21st century: the Ensemble Modern Orchestra (EMO). The core of the orchestra consisting of 30 to 130 musicians is formed by the Ensemble Modern soloists. They are supported by musicians from all over the world with whom the Ensemble has established contact in the course of its 40 years of existence. These include young instrumentalists and New Music specialists e.g. graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme or Master Courses of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA).

The Ensemble Modern Orchestra was established as an artistic plea for contemporary orchestral music. It offers composers of our times a highly qualified and engaged instrument to realise their ideas. The EMO's ambitious concert programmes confront new commissioned works by e.g. Heiner Goebbels, Hanspeter Kyburz, John Adams with key works of modern times.

The EMO has been directed by a number of renowned conductors, such as John Adams, George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Ingo Metzmacher. Enno Poppe and Markus Stenz. Tours have taken the EMO to the major festivals and concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Vienna, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Prinzregenten Theater Munich, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne Festival, Festival Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln, Klangspuren Schwaz, Ruhrtriennale among others.

It has produced several CDs: these include Charles Ives’ ›Fourth Symphony‹, George Benjamin’s ›Sudden Time‹, Harrison Birtwistle’s ›Earth Dances‹ – conducted by Pierre Boulez – and ›Theseus Game‹, and Helmut Lachenmanns' ›Schwankungen am Rand‹ ›NUN‹, ›Kontrakadenz‹ and ›Ausklang‹. In 2022 ›A House of Call‹ was released and awarded with the German Record Prize in the categories Zeitgenössische Musik and Grenzgänge.

Highlights

  • Johannes Schöllhorn: Anamorphoses - 9 Sätze nach der Kunst der Fuge von J. S. Bach für Kammerensemble (Auswahl) (2001-04)
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Konfigurationen - instrumentiert für Ensemble von Johannes Schöllhorn (1956/2017) (Uraufführung)
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Konfigurationen - für Klavier solo (1956)
    Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Canto di Speranza - Kantate für Violoncello und kleines Orchester (1957)
    Ensemble Modern Orchestra (EMO/IEMA)
    Dirigent: Brad Lubman
    Violoncello: Michael Maria Kasper, Klavier: Ueli Wiget
    Station: Köln
  • Anton Webern: Variationen für Klavier op. 27 (1936)
    Anton Webern: 2 Lieder nach Gedichten von Rainer Maria Rilke op. 8 (1910)
    Anton Webern: 5 Stücke für Orchester, op. 10 (1911 - 1913)
    Anton Webern: 4 Lieder op. 13 (1914-1918)
    Anton Webern: 6 Bagatellen für Streichquartett op.9 (1913)
    Anton Webern: 3 Orchesterlieder op. posth. (1913/14)
    Anton Webern: Variationen für Orchester - op. 30 (1940–41)
    Mathias Spahlinger: Passage / paysage (1988-90)
    Ensemble Modern Orchestra
    Dirigent: Enno Poppe
    Sopran: Caroline Melzer, Klavier: Ueli Wiget
    Stationen: München, Berlin

  • Anton Webern: 2 Lieder nach Gedichten von Rainer Maria Rilke op. 8 (1910)
    Anton Webern: 5 Stücke für Orchester, op. 10 (1911 - 1913)
    Anton Webern: 4 Lieder op. 13 (1914-1918)
    Anton Webern: 6 Bagatellen für Streichquartett op.9 (1913)
    Anton Webern: 3 Orchesterlieder op. posth. (1913/14)
    Anton Webern: Variationen für Orchester - op. 30 (1940–41)
    Mathias Spahlinger: Passage / paysage (1988-90) Ensemble Modern Orchestra
    Dirigent: Enno Poppe
    Sopran: Caroline Melzer, Klavier: Ueli Wiget
    Stationen: München, Berlin