Explore Ensemble voyages towards the radical frontiers of new music, offering audiences outstanding performances of internationally acclaimed composers, advocating music rarely heard in the UK, and fostering music for the future by working closely with young composers. Recently featured composers include Peter Ablinger, Joanna Bailie, John Croft, Michael Finnissy, Gérard Grisey, Luigi Nono, Enno Poppe, Fausto Romitelli, Kaija Saariaho, Sciarrino, Rebecca Saunders, and commissioning Patricia Alessandrini for HCMF 2017.
Based around a core sextet and founded in 2012 at the Royal College of Music by composers Nicholas Moroz and Arne Gieshoff, Explore Ensemble has since become one of the UK’s most daring young groups, featuring at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2016, 2017, and 2018, at Kammer Klang / Cafe OTO, the Principal Sound festival at St John's Smith Square in London, at Handel & Hendrix in London, and at the JdP Music Building in Oxford.
Recently Simon Cummings, writing on the 5:4 blog, described the ensemble's Tracing the Moon programme at HCMF as "One of the most beautiful things […] at HCMF this year, and further proof positive that Explore Ensemble are just as indefatigably outstanding as we all suspected last year." Explore Ensemble have also featured several times on BBC Radio 3's flagship new music programme Hear and Now.
Their 2018-19 season sees debuts at Kings Place in London, featuring Grisey’s Vortex Temporum and a new work by Lisa Illean as part of the Time Unwrapped series, and at the Zeitströme festival in Darmstadt, with music by Finnissy and Crumb.
Taylor Maclennan, flute
Alex Roberts, clarinet
Ben Mellefont, clarinet
Emmanuelle Fleurot, piano
David Lopez, violin
Morag Robertson, viola
Deni Teo, cello
Nicholas Moroz, co-founder, artistic director
Arne Gieshoff, co-founder, artistic adviser
Sam Wigglesworth, artistic adviser