Ensemble Modern

Founded in 1980 and situated in Frankfurt am Main since 1985, the Ensemble Modern(EM) is one of the world’s leading ensembles of Contemporary Music. Currently, the EM is comprised of 19 soloists from Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Switzerland, all of whom provide the ensemble with its rich cultural background. The Ensemble Modern is famous for its special working and organisational form, which is unlike any other in the world. All the members are responsible for jointly selecting and dealing with projects, co-productions and financial matters. Its unique and distinctive programme consists of music theatre, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral concerts. The Ensemble Modern has gone on tour to Africa, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, South America, Taiwan, Russia and the United States.
It regularly performs at renowned festivals and outstanding venues around the world. The Ensemble Modern gives approximately 100 concerts each year. The ensemble strives to achieve the highest 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.

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) is among the best European orchestras today. More than 80 years after its formation, Germany’s third oldest radio orchestra plays convincingly in all styles and periods – from Baroque to contemporary avant-garde – which is certainly due to the ensemble’s flexibility, open-mindedness and high qualification.
With a wide variety of concerts and CD releases, the symphony orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk (German Public Radio of Hesse) has celebrated worldwide success and is a prestigious guest on renowned international stages such as at the »Proms« in London, the »Concertgebouw« in Amsterdam, and in places like Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Budapest and Prague, Japan and China.
The designated Music Director is Andrés Orozco-Estrada. His contract starting in 2014/15.

Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt

Presenter and network, center for documentation and information, operational center and initiator for new music since 1946 – the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is all of these things. With its International Summer Course for New Music, its Archive, and its Library the IMD continues to make and document cultural history as a constant interplay of invention, performance, listening, reflection, and retention.The Summer Courses are a meeting place for music makers and listeners. Creativity takes wing, ideas are passed along, and artistic positions are debated; they provide opportunities for interaction between cultures, and between the younger generation and internationally recognized composers, interpreters, and scholars. The extensive and extremely valuable holdings of the archive and library illustrate the ideas and creations of artists and scholars of the 20th and 21st centuries, made available for research in the form of scores, writings, correspondence, photos, press articles, and recorded media.

Alte Oper Frankfurt

The “Alte Oper Frankfurt” (“Frankfurt Old Opera House”), famed for its outstanding acoustics, has made a name for itself throughout the world since reopening as a concert hall on August 28, 1981. The main auditorium (seating capacity 2,450) and the Mozart Hall (seating capacity 720) regularly welcome internationally renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists. The audience of the Alte Oper, which has been under the artistic and executive directorship of Dr. Stephan Pauly since March 2012, benefits from six subscription series as well as numerous high-carat individual events of many musical genres – ranging from early baroque to classical and avant-garde concerts. World stars of jazz, pop and rock music also have their faithful audiences here, as do show and musical programmes. The Alte Oper’s children’s, youth and family programme PEGASUS “Musik erleben!” (“Experiencing Music!”) has offered young listeners and guests – from toddlers to 21-year-olds – unique sounds and concert events in specially conceived concerts and workshops since the 2012/13 season.

I z M der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst

The Institute of Contemporary Music (I z M) was founded in June 2005. The concept behind it is to act as an interface between the departments, offering teaching in contemporary music for all departments of the University. This includes workshops, colloquia and guest lectures as well as excursions, lecture series and symposia. The I z M initiates interdisciplinary projects and collaborates with local and national institutions including the Ensemble Modern, the Hessischer Rundfunk, the Frankfurt Opera, the Archive Woman and Music, the State Theatre Wiesbaden and the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival. The Institute mirrors events of local and national cultural life, bringing them into the University. Under the label «Ensemble I z M», students work together on projects in different lineups. In winter semester 2006/2007, the Ensemble Modern and the HfMDK set up the master course «Internationale Ensemble Modern Academy».

Staatstheater Darmstadt

The Darmstadt State Theatre offers opera, dance, drama and concerts. Its current building, based on designs by architect Rolf Prange, unites offices for 550 staff members, four performance venues and the workshops under one roof. The Darmstadt State Theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2010. Following its modernisation from 2003 to 2006 it is technologically among the most advanced stages in Europe. The main hall, used mainly for opera performances, offers a seating capacity of 956; the smaller auditorium, with a focus on drama and dance performances, seats 482. The chamber hall has a further 120 seats, and the chamber hall’s bar, seating 60, also offers regular artistic events.
The State Theatre’s Artistic Director is the internationally renowned opera director John Dew, who took on this position with the 2004/2005 season. Choreographer Mei Hong Lin directs the dance department (and will become ballet director at the Linz State Theatre from 2013/2014 onwards as well); Martin Apelt directs the drama department. The General Music Director is Martin Lukas Meister.
During the 2013/2014 season, about 30 productions will be premiered, in addition to the concert programme and events for children and teenagers.

International Ensemble Modern Academy

New Music in a context of vibrant learning, experimentation and discourse. It was with these objectives in mind that the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA) was founded in 2003 as a logical extension of everything the Ensemble Modern (EM) stands for: highest quality, joy of performing, interdisciplinary art projects and internationality. Over the last thirty years the EM has discussed and analysed many artists and their works and has gained a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of music from the beginnings of the 20th century onwards: a »memory of modern music«. The IEMA, whose activities are mainly operated by the members of Ensemble Modern, strives to give young artists the opportunity to share in this memory and benefit from it in various ways.
Thanks to the funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, and the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the IEMA is able to offer a variety of training programmes designed to promote artistic discourse between highly qualified young musicians and renowned personalities from the arts world.

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