... from the Music Profession


Les Siècles, France

Inspired and encouraged by Pierre Boulez and John Eliot Gardiner, François-Xavier Roth believed there existed a need for a high quality independent orchestra (ie. non-permanent)  engaged in educational missions and the society at large, one that would be project-based, capable of performing the broadest range of repertoires, ranging from the baroque to rock music, and of collaborating with other art forms. The orchestra would be self-governed, with musicians fully integrated into all aspects of the decision making process. Read more…


Collegium 1704, Czech Republic

Baroque practice and performances were virtually unknown during Communist times in the Czech Republic. Founded by Václav Luks in 1997, Collegium 1704 began as a small baroque chamber music group promoting performers and Czech composers and is now a full-fledged orchestra and chorus acknowledged throughout Europe for its high artistic quality and economic stability, embodied in a team spirit founded on common values and interests. Read more…


AskoScheonberg Ensemble, The Netherlands

Created by the merger in 2008 of the Asko and Schoenberg Ensembles, the AskoSchönberg Ensemble commissions and creates new works whilst also performs classical, extra-European and cross-over non-symphonic repertoire from 1910 onwards. The announced 50% cut in government funding in 2012 has led the ensemble to restructure the ensemble, its activities and administration…while seeking imaginative ways to continue to employ professional musicians while continuing to offer audiences – both young and old – innovative musical programming. Read more…


Red Note Ensemble, Scotland

Robert Irvine and John Harris felt there was a strong need to renew concert programming in Scotland, in those days virtually exclusively focused on classical repertoire, and that there was a need to develop and perform contemporary music to the highest standard Founded in 2008, the Red Note Ensemble aims to perform established contemporary classics, commission new works, develop the work of new and emerging composers from around the world, find new spaces and new ways to perform today’s music whilst also attracting a new audience. Read more…


Rock City, Namsos, Norway

With the city of Namsos already well known for its rock musicians, Rock City was designed to provide a resource centre for the  music industry  open to offering new educational directions based on sector-specific needs, a place where ideas, companies and expertise could flourish. Funded equally by the public and private sectors, it is also home to the Tronderrock Museum and educational facilities. Links to music education and higher education have led to development of joint programs, including Performing Arts Health Norway, which offers medical and counseling services, political advocacy, and cooperation with music and culture schools. Read more…

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