Ensemble intercontemporain

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The Ensemble InterContemporain after a concert at the Barbican Centre , London, April 2015

The Ensemble intercontemporain is a French contemporary music instrumental ensemble based in Paris , with internationally renowned soloists . It has been housed in the Philharmonie de Paris since January 2015 .


The Ensemble intercontemporain was founded by Pierre Boulez in 1976 and has since become one of the world's leading ensembles for contemporary music. Renowned conductors specializing in modern music led the ensemble under the aegis of Pierre Boulez. In about 70 concerts per season worldwide, the ensemble offers artistically outstanding interpretations of exemplary works of our era. The composers of highly artificial, virtuoso music in particular use the ensemble again and again for collaboration and, above all, for exemplary world premieres. The stylistic diversity of the ensemble is also documented in a rich catalog of sound recordings. The ensemble currently has 31 members.

In 2022 the ensemble was awarded the Polar Music Prize .

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