New European Ensemble

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New European Ensemble
Origin The Hague, Netherlands
Genres Contemporary classical
Occupation(s) Ensemble for 20th and 21st century music
Years active 2008-present

Principal conductor and Artistic director
Christian Karlsen (2009-14)

Carina Vinke, alto

Principal musicians
Felica van den End, flute
Christopher Bouwman, oboe
James Meldrum, clarinet
Ryanne Hofman, bass clarinet
Amy Harman, bassoon
Lars Karlin, trombone
Hanna Shybayeva, piano
Jacob Kellermann, guitar

Rada Ovcharova, violin
Emlyn Stam, viola
Willem Stam, cello
Szymon Marciniak, double bass

Composer in Residence
Benjamin Staern

New European Ensemble is an ensemble, currently based in the Netherlands, that specializes in contemporary music.


New European Ensemble was founded in 2008 in The Hague. The group is made up of young soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral leaders from across Europe. The ensemble has received numerous accolades in the international press for its ‘contagious enthusiasm’ (Nutida Musik) and ‘excellent’ (Volkskrant) performances.

The group has performed in most of the Netherlands' major concert halls including Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam, Dr. Anton Philipszaal Den Haag and De Doelen Rotterdam. In 2010 the ensemble toured Sweden for the first time starting in Västerås Concerthall with subsequent performances in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.[1] In June/July 2011 they performed for the first time in the UK.

In November 2011 New European Ensemble was featured on Dutch National TV in the programme NTR Podium where they performed Joey Roukens's piece Mad Men.[2][3]

The Swedish conductor Christian Karlsen was during 2009 until 2014 its artistic director.

Collaboration with Amnesty International[edit]

In 2009, the New European Ensemble mounted a collaboration project together with Amnesty International for a performance of Hans Werner Henze's monumental song cycle Voices. In this work from 1973, Henze set 22 poems about human rights and freedom of speech. These texts where combined with photos from Amnesty International's collection that portrays the human rights today. A large education project at the Hague University was also connected to the performances.[4]

Saariaho Festival Den Haag[edit]

New European Ensemble initiated and produced a three-day festival in October 2011 around the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.[5] The festival was a collaborative project with the The Hague's major music organisations including the Residentie Orchestra, Dr. Anton Philipszaal, the Royal Conservatoire and Dag in the Branding. During the festival's seven concerts a large portion of Kaija Saariaho's[5] most important works were performed. Also numerous works were performed in the Netherlands for the first time during the festival. The New European Ensemble performed Saariaho's complete works for large ensemble during three concerts.

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