Contrechamps is an ensemble of soloists specialised in the creation, development and dissemination of 20th and 21st century instrumental music for over 40 years. The ensemble is committed to breaking down barriers and championing the diversity of people and styles that make the contemporary scene what it is.
Since it was created, Ensemble Contrechamps has collaborated closely with a huge number of composers, conductors, and other artists, including Rebecca Saunders, Pierre Boulez, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Christine Sun Kim, Michael Jarrell, Jacques Demierre, Abril Padilla, Heinz Holliger, Elena Schwarz, Vimbayi Kazboni, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Donatienne Michel- Dansac, and many others. The ensemble’s own musicians are naturally also showcased, along with their many and unique talents.
The ensemble often develops new formats, from installation-concerts and radiophonic projects to a research laboratory and a virtual tour. Functioning both as an orchestra and a collective, Contrechamps can adapt not only to artistic needs but also to the diverse and ambitious proposals of the artists we work with. Our partnership with the Haute école de musique de Genève keeps the ensemble in touch with the freshest ideas while sharing its expertise
with each new generation.
The ensemble is internationally renowned, with recent performances at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Salzburg Festival, MaerzMusik in Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In Geneva the ensemble collaborates with a range of partners, including La Bâtie, Archipel, the Grand Théâtre, Ensemble Vide, the OCG, Théâtre Am Stram Gram, the ADC, the Cave12 and the Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Our other Swiss partners include the Gare du Nord in Basel, Tohnalle Maag in Zurich, and Arsenic in Lausanne. A vibrant programme of learning and out reachin schools and museums allows the ensemble to share its passion with audiences of all ages and back- grounds, helping to strengthen Geneva’s cultural fabric. Éditions Contrechamps, meanwhile, publishes important texts on contemporary music and organises a series of public talks, Musique en dialogue, directed by Philippe Albèra.
Ensemble Contrechamps has recorded more than twenty albums. In 2020 and 2021 Neu Records will release our latest, two portrait CDs of Chiyoko Szlavnics and Bryn Harrison.
- Simon Aeschimann, guitar
- Akiko Ahrendt, violin
- Anne Bassand, harp
- Serge Bonvalot, tuba
- Martina Brodbeck, cello
- Laurent Bruttin, clarinet
- Sébastien Cordier, percussion
- Thierry Debons, percussion
- Hans Egidi, viola
- Antoine Françoise, piano
- Maximilian Haft, violin
- Jonathan Haskell, double bass
- Béatrice Laplante, oboe
- Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, saxophone
- Susanne Peters, flute
- Charles Pierron, horn
- Noëlle Reymond, double bass
- Serge Vuille, artistic director
- Stefan Wirth, piano