The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading ensembles in the field of contemporary music. They strongly support the objectives of London Ear, and participated in the 2014 festival. The inclusion of their concert in London Ear was proposed by The South Bank Centre (where the L.S. have a residency) and the concert is curated and produced by the L.S. Artistically it is an ideal opening concert for London Ear.
Hilary Summers is a renowned Welsh mezzo-soprano.
Neo Quartet, from Poland, a string quartet focussing on the performance of contemporary classical music. Along with their goals of popularising contemporary music with a wider audience, their Polish origin fits with this edition of the festival, which has a running theme of music and musicians from countries bordering the Baltic Sea.
Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) is the world’s leading flautist specialising in the music of Luigi Nono, with whom he worked for many years. He is therefore the obvious choice in a programme dedicated exclusively to Nono’s music, of which he has immense knowledge and experience.
Ensemble ö! are a Swiss chamber ensemble.
UMS ‘n JIP are a Swiss contemporary music duo, consisting of Ulrike Mayer-Spohn (UMS) on recorders & electronics and Javier Hagen (JIP), voice & electronics. One of the most experienced and distinguished contemporary music laboratories of our times, they work as performers, composers and organizers within a global network of composers, visual artists, stage directors, researchers, universities and festivals.
Tomoko Akasaka is an acclaimed Japanese violist. She has recently collaborated with Kurtag and given recitals in Japan, Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany.
Helsinki Chamber Choir is Finland’s only professional chamber choir. They are very highly regarded and frequently commission and perform new works, having given over 50 world premieres since 2005.
Ensemble Via Nova, a chamber ensemble from Weimar, Germany, are run by long-time friend of London Ear, Johannes Hildebrandt.
Jonathan Powell, British pianist, champions new music and has formed particularly close working relationships with Michael Finnissy and Claudio Ambrosini.
Uroboros Ensemble was formed in 1982, bringing together some of Britain’s most accomplished and best-known instrumentalists. The group was founded by the composer Gwyn Pritchard who remains their current Artistic Director and Conductor. The ensemble’s concerts may include from three to eighteen players.