œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik

œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik (c) Markus Sepperer
œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik (c) Markus Sepperer

Salzburg-based œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik (Austrian Ensemble for New Music) has established itself internationally as one of the leading ensembles of its kind, having given over 300 world premieres over more than 40 years. The œnm was founded in 1975 by composer Klaus Ager and clarinettist Ferenc Tornai. In 1998 composer and conductor Herbert Grassl took over as director. Since 1997 Johannes Kalitzke has been the ensemble’s principal guest conductor, leading it to much acclaim, together with violinist Frank Stadler and cellist Peter Sigl, who is the ensemble’s artistic director.

The ensemble performs in various formations, depending on the differing requirements of contemporary music. The œnm is a regular guest at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals, at Wien Modern, the Dialoge Festival of the International Mozarteum Foundation and Aspekte Festival. Guest performances have taken the ensemble to festivals such as the Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik, the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, the Munich Biennale, the Bologna Festival, the Kunstfest Weimar, Milano Musica, Traiettorie Parma, Settembre Musica and the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

Conductors who have worked with the ensemble include Peter Ruzicka, Franck Ollu, Peter Rundel, Beat Furrer, Tito Ceccherini, Andrea Pestalozza, Oswald Sallaberger, José-Maria Sanchez-Verdú and Titus Engel. The œnm has worked closely with renowned composers such as Pascal Dusapin, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Gander, Sofia Gubaidulina, Toshio Hosokawa, Helmut Lachenmann, Enno Poppe, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm and Salvatore Sciarrino.