Explore Ensemble is a group of young soloists based in London dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Founded in 2012 by alumni of the Royal College of Music sharing a vision to explore and promote the music of our time, Explore Ensemble has since produced many concerts featuring several UK premieres, focussing on composers of international acclaim such as Georges Aperghis, Morton Feldman, Michael Finnissy, Gérard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Luigi Nono, Enno Poppe, Fausto Romitelli, Kaija Saariaho, Rebecca Saunders and Salvatore Sciarrino. As well as advocating music rarely heard in the UK, Explore Ensemble has given over a dozen world premieres by emerging composers including Edwin Hillier, Lisa Illean, Oliver Christophe Leith and Josephine Stephenson.
2016 saw Explore Ensemble give their first performance at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with a programme focusing on the music of Gérard Grisey. Writing on the 5:4 Blog, Simon Cummings hailed Explore Ensemble’s performance of Grisey’s iconic work ‘Talea’ as ‘marvellously dramatic’ ... ‘its considerable shifts in energy were navigated with real brilliance.’ Other recent highlights for the ensemble include their debut at the Principal Sound Festival at St John’s Smith Square and debut radio broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Hear and Now’ Programme, which featured their programme from Principal Sound, with music by Feldman, Grisey, Poppe and Romitelli. 2017 will see Explore Ensemble’s debut at the Kammer Klang series at Café Oto in Dalston as well as a new season, yet to be announced, filled with new works, and an exciting number of debuts across the UK.
Explore Ensemble has been generously supported by the Hinrichsen Foundation, the Holst Foundation and the Alan Powell Trust.