Klangforum Wien

Twenty-four musicians from ten different countries (Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Italy) work together, guided by the idea of restoring music to its rightful place in contemporary society.

Founded by Beat Furrer, the ensemble has premiered about 500 new works. It has over 70 recordings to its credit, as well as numerous honours and awards, and has given about 2000 concerts at the most prestigious concert venues, opera houses and festivals in Europe, the Americas, and Japan.

Over the years, the Klangforum Wien has formed strong artistic and emotional bonds with eminent composers, conductors, soloists and event organisers. These contacts have shaped the ensemble’s profile. In recent years, many Klangforum musicians, as well as the ensemble as a whole, have been increasingly involved in passing their knowledge of technique and forms of musical expression to new generations of instrumentalists and composers. Since 2009, the musicians have been implementing their programme at the University of Performing Arts in Graz.

They unanimously decided to award an honorary membership of Klangforum Wien to Sylvain Cambreling (the first guest conductor of the ensemble in the years 1997–2018), Friedrich Cerha, and Beat Furrer.

Directions for the ensemble’s activities are set at monthly meetings of its members, which serve to constantly redefine the collective will of the artists. For them, music is an expression of their responsibility for the present and future. Like the ensemble’s art, Klangforum Wien itself is a force for improving the world. The moment the musicians step onto the stage, they know that only one thing counts: everything. Eros and strength of conviction are at the root of the inimitable quality of their concerts.
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