Collegium Novum Zurich

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Collegium Novum Zurich
purpose Promoting contemporary music and performing it in high-quality interpretations
Chair: Oliver Adler, President
Johannes Knapp,
Artistic Director
Establishment date: 1993
Number of members: 27 musicians
Seat : Zurich

The Collegium Novum Zurich is an ensemble for contemporary music from Zurich .

Founded in 1993, the Collegium Novum Zurich aims to promote contemporary music and bring it to life. At the same time, contemporary music creation is placed in the context of the music of bygone eras. An important part of the artistic work is the direct contact with the composer as well as the exchange with cooperation partners like the Zurich University of the Arts and the experimental studio of the SWR . Thanks to its mobile structure, the currently 23-member soloist ensemble can flexibly fall back on any line-up, from solo to large ensemble. In this way, the program can be based entirely on content-related criteria. The members also appear as soloists with the ensemble and, in addition to their work at the Collegium Novum Zurich, play leading roles in Swiss cultural life.

The Collegium Novum Zurich, which is subsidized by the City of Zurich , has had its own concert series in Zurich for years, in which ensemble projects are regularly realized in the Tonhalle and other concert venues in the city in cooperation with the Tonhalle Society and other partners . The cross-disciplinary networking of the arts as well as obvious connections between the musical program and the concert venue are sought.

The Collegium Novum Zurich premiered numerous works, including compositions by Gary Berger, Ricardo Eizirik, Beat Furrer , Vinko Globokar, Georg Friedrich Haas , Edu Haubensak , Hans Werner Henze , Klaus Huber , Michael Jarrell , Mischa Käser , Rudolf Kelterborn , Jorge E. López, Mithatcan Öcal, Helmut Oehring , Klaus Ospald , Enno Poppe , Lucia Ronchetti, Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini , Annette Schmucki , Blaise Ubaldini, Nadir Vassena , Stefan Wirth and Gérard Zinsstag .

Conductors such as Pierre Boulez , Sylvain Cambreling , Friedrich Cerha , Mark Foster , Beat Furrer, Pablo Heras-Casado , Peter Hirsch , Heinz Holliger , Mauricio Kagel , Johannes Kalitzke , Roland Kluttig , Susanna Mälkki , Emilio Pomàrico , Enno Poppe were at the podium of the ensemble , Peter Rundel , Michael Wendeberg , Jörg Widmann and Jürg Wyttenbach . From the 2013 to 2016 season the ensemble worked with Jonathan Stockhammer as Conductor in Residence.

The Collegium Novum Zurich performs regularly at home and abroad and makes guest appearances at renowned festivals and organizers such as Muziekgebouw Amsterdam , Berliner Festspiele ( MaerzMusik ), Lucerne Festival , Philharmonie Luxembourg , November Music , Donaueschinger Musiktage , Schwetzinger Festspiele , Kölner Philharmonie , WDR Cologne , Klangspuren Schwaz , Wiener Konzerthaus , Witten Days for New Chamber Music , Warsaw Autumn and Days for New Music Zurich .


  • Flute: Sarah Ouakrat, Susanne Peters
  • Oboe: Matthias Arter
  • Clarinet: Heinrich Mätzeer, Ernesto Molinari
  • Bassoon: Miguel Ángel Pérez Domingo
  • Saxophone: Sascha Armbruster
  • Horn: Olivier Darbellay , Tomás Gallart
  • Trumpet: Jens Bracher
  • Trumpet: Kevin Fairbairn, Stephen Menotti
  • Drums: Brian Archinal, Julien Mégroz
  • Piano: Gilles Grimaître, Stefan Wirth
  • Harp: Manon Pierrehumbert
  • Violin: Rahel Cunz, Mateusz Szczepkowski, Urs Walker
  • Viola: Patrick Jüdt, Fabio Marano
  • Violoncello: Imke Frank, Martina Schucan
  • Double bass: Johannes Nied
  • Electronics / sound design: Gary Berger