Ensemble Modern

Since it was formed in 1980 Ensemble Modern (EM) has been one of the leading ensembles for New Music. The ensemble is currently made up of twenty soloists from ten different nations whose backgrounds are the formation’s cultural foundation. The ensemble, which is based in Frankfurt am Main, is known for the unique way in which it works and organizes itself: there is no artistic director; projects, co-productions and financial matters are all decided on and carried out jointly. Its distinctive programmatic breadth encompasses musical theatre, dance and video projects, chamber music and ensemble and orchestral concerts.

Tours and guest performances regularly taje the ensemble to around a hundred concerts per year at acclaimed festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Holland Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, Berliner Festspiele, Ruhrtriennale and musica viva as well as other outstanding venues around the world.

Every year the musicians develop an average of seventy new works, of which around twenty are world premieres; this process takes place in close collaboration with the composers and is coupled with the goal of achieving the greatest-possible level of authenticity.

In addition to its busy concert schedule, the Ensemble Modern also regularly presents the fruits of its labour in radio and CD productions that have won many awards, such as the ECHO-Klassik and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik; they have also been nominated for a Grammy several times. Almost thirty of the approximately 150 CD productions were released by the group’s own label Ensemble Modern Medien. In 2003 Ensemble Modern was declared a ‘beacon’ of contemporary culture in Germany by the Federal Culture Foundation. With the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA), established in the same year, the Ensemble Modern nurtures new young artists by offering a wide variety of different programmes such as a Master’s degree, master classes, composition seminars and education projects.

The Ensemble Modern is supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation, the city of Frankfurt and, via the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie e.V., by the Hesse State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts and by the GVL. The musicians of Ensemble Modern would like to thank the Aventis Foundation for funding a seat in their ensemble. hr2-kultur is the Ensemble Modern’s cultural partner.

Ensemble Modern beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

The sick moon

  • Sarah Maria Sun soprano
  • amarcord
  • Ensemble Modern
  • HK Gruber Conductor
Works by Arnold Schönberg and Kurt Weill
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«






7:30 pm


  • Ensemble Modern
  • Emanuel Gat Dance
  • Emanuel Gat Choreography
Works by Pierre Boulez, Rebecca Saunders, Emanuel Gat and Ensemble Modern
Oper Bonn