Explore Ensemble work at the radical frontiers of new music, offering audiences outstanding performances of internationally acclaimed composers, advocating music rarely heard in the UK, and working closely with composers on new works to foster a repertoire for the future. Recently featured composers include Peter Ablinger, Patricia Alessandrini, Joanna Bailie, John Croft, Michael Finnissy, Gérard Grisey, Luigi Nono, Enno Poppe, Fausto Romitelli, Kaija Saariaho, Sciarrino, and Rebecca Saunders.
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, Kings Place London, 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.
Simon Cummings, writing on the 5:4 blog, described the ensemble’s 2017 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. Explore Ensemble’s 2018-19 season saw 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. 2019 also saw a major collaboration with the world renowned EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble at HCMF 2018, giving the UK premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s song cycle, Carnaval. Their recent Augmented Instruments project saw a programme of works with electronics and experimental technology feature at RNCM’s Future Music festival, and tour to Oxford and Leeds. Their 2019-20 season will see debuts at Cambridge Music Festival, The University of Greenwich’s Loudspeaker Orchestra Series, as well as major coproductions with EXPO Oxford.
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
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