Ensemble Modern

Founded in 1980 the Ensemble Modern (EM) is one of the world’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. Currently, the Ensemble unites 21 soloists from ten countries, all of whom contribute to the ensemble’s rich cultural background. Resident in Frankfurt am Main, the Ensemble Modern is famous for its special working and organisational structure, unlike any other in the world: there is no artistic director; all its members are responsible for jointly selecting and implementing projects, co-productions and financial matters. Its unique and distinctive programme includes musical theatre, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral concerts.

Ensemble Modern gives approximately 100 concerts each year at renowned festivals as well as outstanding venues worldwide.The ensemble strives to achieve the highest possible degree of authenticity by working closely with the composers themselves. The musicians rehearse an average of 70 new works every year, 20 of which are world premieres.

In addition to its multi-faceted concert activities, Ensemble Modern presents the results of its work through regular radio and CD recordings, many of which have gone on to win ECHO Awards and the Prize of the German Record Critics, as well as several Grammy nominations. Almost 30 of the more than 150 CD productions have been released by the ensemble’s own label, Ensemble Modern Media. Ensemble Modern was declared a ›Leuchtturm‹ or ›beacon‹ of contemporary culture in Germany in 2003 by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Under the roof of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), founded the same year, the Ensemble Modern musicians offer a wide range of educational programmes, such as the Master’s Degree Course »Contemporary Music«, master courses, composition seminars and educational projects for students.

The 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, the Deutsche Bank Foundation and the GVL. hr2-kultur is cultural affairs partner of the Ensemble Modern.

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Ensemble Modern
Schwedlerstra├če 2-4
60314 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 (0) 69 94343020
Fax 49 69 94343030