— Ensemble

Ensemble Contrechamps © Regis Golay

Contrechamps is an ensemble of soloists dedicated to new and experimental music, and committed to breaking down barriers around it and championing its diversity.


Contrechamps has collaborated closely with a huge number of composers, conductors, and other artists since 1977, including Rebecca Saunders, Pierre Boulez, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Christine Sun Kim, Michael Jarrell, Jacques Demierre, Abril Padilla, Heinz Holliger, Elena Schwarz, Vimbayi Kazboni, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Klaus Huber, Juliane Banse, Maud Blandel and many others. The ensemble’s own musicians are also showcased as soloists or with their many and unique talents within the ensembles’ programme.


Contrechamps offers fresh interpretation of the repertoire, as well as developing non-frontal formats such as installation-performances, radiophonic concerts, research laboratory or virtual tour. Functioning both as an orchestra and a collective, Contrechamps can adapt to the diverse and ambitious proposals of the artists we work with.


The ensemble’s internationally performance locations include the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Salzburg Festival, Wien Modern, MaerzMusik in Berlin, Are Musica Bruxelles, Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, Donaueschinger Musiktage the Lucerne Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.