Tradition of Curiosity

The ensemble KONTRASTE (eK) has been an important initiator and fixture in Nürnberg’s cultural landscape for a quarter of a century.

Last season we celebrated our 25th year anniversary – the Wolfram-von-Eschenbach-Award and the enthusiastic audience responses spur us on! In the yearly schedule for the  2016/17 season you will find once more our guiding principle: the appealing blend of the proven, the unknown, the daring and the provoking – true to Pierre Boulez: “Culture doesn’t need false security but open doors and risk.“ 
Boulez, the grandmaster of the musical avant-garde, who passed away early 2016, will be especially honored during this season with three concerts.

The name says it all, variety is the result, thrilling, intensive and in every respect extraordinary concerts are our trademark. Whether it is chamber or ensemble music, classical or contemporary, on its own or in combination with acting, puppet theater, video-art, film, literature, the fine arts – smart and ingenious program concepts turn events with the eK into a highlight for musicians and audiences alike. 

The backbone of eK’s program is a concert series entitled KONTRASTE – Klassik in der Tafelhalle. As unconventional as the location are the concerts, with their own dramatic concepts across all segments of the classical genre, which are by no means still an insider tip. A large subscriber base appreciates the diversity being offered: concerts rich in contrast, stage, film or video productions, the thriving poet’s café with its mixture of readings and music, initiated 2003 together with author and translator Hans Wollschläger, supplemented by educational programs and theme based extra series which is going to be “very British!” in the upcoming anniversary season 2015/16.

Our great passion for new and current music resulted in numerous premieres, including works by Heinz Winbeck, Martin Smolka, Klaus Ospald, Michael Obst, András Hamary, Leo Dick and Marcus Maria Reißenberger – often as  hands on collaborations with the composers.

Support for eK’s efforts include the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Ministry of Science of Bavaria, the German-Czech Future Fund, the Bavarian Music Fund, the Bavarian Cultural Fund, the Future Fund of Sparkasse Nürnberg, the Fund for Performing Arts  and the German Music Council. 

Additional funding is being provided by the State of Bavaria, the region of Middle Franconia and the City of Nürnberg, which includes eK in its yearly budget.

The ensemble’s work has been acknowledged through numerous awards: Wolfram-von-Eschenbach- Förderpreis (1999), Kultur-Förderpreis der Stadt Nürnberg (2004), Friedrich-Baur-Preis der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste (2007), Kulturpreis der E.ON Bayern AG (2010), Wolfram von Eschenbach Preis (2015).

Beyond its concert activities in Nürnberg, ek has performed in many major European cities: Luxemburg (Philharmonics), Vienna (Concert Hall), Paris (Louvre-Museum), Berlin (Volksbühne), Athens (Concert Hall), Lisbon (National Theater). It received invitations to the Vienna Festival Weeks, the Schwetzinger Festival, the Chopin-Festival Warsaw, the Berlinale, the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the Music Festival Nara in Japan. 

Most prominent media partners are Bayerischer Rundfunk and ZDF/Arte.

Additional information about us is available through our management:

Eckhard Kierski
Hagenhausener Straße 13
90518 Altdorf
+49 9187 2229
+49 172 3832191
eckhardkierski@ensemblekontraste.de