Ensemble Musikfabrik & Studio Musikfabrik

Ensemble Musikfabrik & Studio Musikfabrik

Ensemble Musikfabrik ever since its formation, Ensemble Musikfabrik has had the reputation of being one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music. Following the literal meaning of its name, Ensemble Musikfabrik is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation. New, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions. 

The results of their extensive work, usually taking place in close collaboration with the composers, are presented by the Cologne-based international soloist ensemble in about 80 concerts a year in both Germany and abroad, at Festivals, in their own series ”Musikfabrik in WDR” and in regular radio recordings and CD productions. The musicians themselves take responsibility for making all-important decisions. Exploring the capabilities of modern communication forms, and new possibilities for expression in musical and theatrical areas, are a focal point. Interdisciplinary projects that can include live electronics, dance, theatre, film, literature and creative artists, along with chamber music, and the confrontation with works using open form and improvisation, extend the traditionally conducted ensemble concerts. Discussion concerts and the experimentation with alternative concert forms involving audience participation are also part of this. 

Thanks to extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, the Ensemble Musikfabrik is sought after worldwide and is a trusted partner of renowned composers and conductors. 

Ensemble Musikfabrik is supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Kunststiftung NRW supports the series ”Musikfabrik in WDR”. Studio Musikfabrik In 2006 the State Music Council of North-Rhine Westphalia brought to life the State Youth Ensemble for New Music. In 2009, Ensemble Musikfabrik took over the artistic direction of the group, under the new name of ”Studio Musikfabrik”. The working position of the group side by side with a professional ensemble offers a plethora of opportunities in which they can grow: they are tutored in interpreting new music and its labyrinth of extended techniques, but also receive insight into the day to day life of an ensemble professionally engaged in new music. 

Studio Musikfabrik sports a core of 15 musicians that can augment depending on the type of project at hand. This vibrant young group consists of talented musicians from 14 to 25 years of age that have been successful in the ”Jugend musiziert” competition or have been able to gather experience in chamber music and perform at a high level with other youth ensembles. 

Within the framework of RUHR.2012 and the Ruhrtriennale, Studio Musikfabrik enjoyed great success in presenting the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s music theatre work Gisela! Oder: Die merk- und denkwürdigen Wege des Glücks. Studio Musikfabrik was also the first youth ensemble to perform at the 2012 International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. Concert tours and workshops take the Youth Ensemble for New Music through many parts of Europe and further. In 2013, Studio Musikfabrik toured through Southeast Asia and played in Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok. 

In the fall of 2015, the ensemble travelled to the USA in order to cooperate with the DePaul University School of Music and the Youth Ensemble of Chicago Arts Initiative. These programs created long-lasting cooperations. In 2019, the ensemble will be a guest at the Festival de La Habana de Música Contemporánea in Kuba. With classics of modernism and a lot more world premieres, Studio Musikfabrik continues playing at renowned festivals, international concert halls and well-known organisers.