Klangforum Wien, founded in 1985 by Beat Furrer as an ensemble of soloists
for contemporary music, is a democratic forum with a core of 23 members. The
members are involved in all important artistic decisions. Since 1997, Sylvain
Cambreling has been the first guest-conductor of Klangforum Wien.
Crucial components of the ensemble's concept is an equal position of musicians,
conductors, and composers within professional collaborations that replace
the traditional hierarchical structures generally found in everyday musical
practice. Through the intensive confrontation with the varying aesthetical
facets of new works, Klangforum creates a platform for authentic performances
of contemporary compositions.
The ensemble's repertoire covers a great stylistic variety: It includes presentations
of all central aspects of the music of our century - ranging from the important
works of classical modernism, especially of the Second Viennese School, to
the works of rising young composers, experimental jazz, and free improvisation.
Klangforum regularly hosts composers' workshops and persues musical didactic
activities. More than 80 performances each season worldwide - with focal points
in the important European music centers as well as in the USA and Japan -
and an annual prolific concerts series at the Vienna Concerthouse have made
Klangforum one of the top ensembles for contemporary music of our time.
Klangforum has contributed to a broad number of music theatre-, film- and
TV-productions. CD-recordings have been released on accord, cpo, durian, Grammont,
Musikszene Schweiz, pan classics, Wergo, Kairos.
Musicians: Annette Bik, violin, Markus Deuter, oboe, Lorelei Dowling, bassoon,
Sasa Dragovic, trumpet, Andreas Eberle, trombone, Vera Fischer, flute, Marino
Formenti, piano, Eva Furrer, flute, Uli Fussenegger, double-bass, Gunde Jäch-Micko,
violin, Andrew Jezek, viola, Benedikt Leitner, violoncello, Andreas Lindenbaum,
violoncello, Ernesto Molinari, clarinet, Florian Müller, piano, Dimitrios
Polisoidis, viola, Sophie Schafleitner, violin, Lukas Schiske, percussion,
Donna Wagner Molinari, clarinet, Christoph Walder, horn, Björn Wilker, percussion,
Bernhard Zachhuber, clarinet.