Ensemble Interface, an international collective of musicians founded in 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, is committed to contemporary music through performance, educational activities and research.
As a ‘Pierrot-plus’ sextet, we have taken on the challenge of a wide-ranging repertoire, all the while offering new perspectives for this classical set-up. We believe that risk-taking and experimentation are crucial to the artistic process, and we interface this framework with everything we are dedicated to: new and existing works, as well as with our interactions with artistic partners and audiences.
The ensemble began performing together as members of the 2008/09 International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in Frankfurt/Main.
Interface has worked with some of the world’s foremost composers, conductors, and musicians including Georges Aperghis, Peter Eötvös, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, Helmut Oehring, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Franck Ollu, Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders and Lucas Vis.
Interface has also developed a strong focus on staged performances and music theatre, and carries out an ongoing research on new performance formats. The ensemble has built a long-term partnership with choreographer Kurt Dreyer, as well as collaborations with artists such as sound sculptor Hans van Koolwijk.
Interface has appeared in venues all over Europe and in the USA, Eastern Asia and Australia, including the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Ultraschall Berlin, Wien Modern, FGNM Frankfurt, Rheinsberger Pfingstwerkstatt, Impuls Festival Graz, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Gare du Nord Basel, Dampfzentrale Bern, Cité des Arts Paris, YSTCM Singapore, Teatro Dal Verme Milan, American Academy Rome, and June in Buffalo NY (USA), among others.
Passionate about sharing their commitment to new music, the members of Interface engage in a wide number of educational activities, ranging from projects for school children to workshops for composers and performers in international academic institutions such as Hochschule, Frankfurt; Rheinsberg Akademie; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore; Sydney Conservatorium; Queensland University; Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts; Bilkent University, Ankara.
Interface has been featured in CD productions with Johannes Boris Borowski and Jagoda Szmytka (WERGO) and in broadcasts on Deutschlandradio Kultur.
At Ensemble Interface, we adopt a shared approach to artistic direction. Each member actively participates in the planning and development of our artistic programme. We are very interested in your ideas and suggestions: please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.