Proton Bern Ensemble

Thursday, May 21st 2015
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
19:00

proton bern (Switzerland)
Conductor: Matthias Kuhn

Mehdi HOSSEINI (*1979)
Inertia (2014), for clarinet / bass clarinet, piano, violin and violoncello

Performers:
Richard Haynes, clarinets/bass clarinet
Samuel Fried, piano
Maximilian Haft, violin
Jan-Filip Ťupa, cello

 

The ensemble Proton Bern was founded by participants of the Boswil New Music Seminars, one of the greatest forums of contemporary music. The orchestra enjoys fruitful collaborations with such renowned conductors and composers as Beat Furrer, Klaus Huber, William Blank, Vladimir Tarnopolski and Vinko Globokar. At the invitation of Beat Furrer the ensemble recorded two CDs of his music with Musique Suisse.

One defining character of the orchestra is the incredibly unusual format of its performers, varying from small chamber ensembles to a larger orchestra. In addition to its concerts in Switzerland and internationally, the ensemble regularly appears with programmes in its home town of Bern. These have included the themed concerts protonam montag, as well as the Protonwerk workshop for young composers run in collaboration with the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.As part of the Protonwerk project composers are given the opportunity to collaborate with the ensemble’s musicians at every stage of a work’s creation, from the commission to the first public performance.

Proton Bern is also the main orchestra of the Dampfzentrale Bern, an organisation that aims to popularise new music. In the 2012–2013 season on the initiative of the Gare du Nord concert society of contemporary music in Basel the orchestra was awarded the title “Ensembleof the Year”.

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April 21, 2014: World première of Chakuk, for flute and violin in Tokyo. Performance by mmm…

mmm…  (em em em 3 dots) is a Tokyo-based collective dedicated to musical exchange with young composers around the world. They are on a journey to discover exciting new compositions wherever they’re being written…, and their programmes will be filled with Japanese and world premieres by composers introduced to them by other composers in a circle of friends that allows them to constantly discover fresh talent.