Klangforum Wien is a collective of risk-takers, explorers, and revolutionaries.
24 musicians from ten countries constantly explore new horizons of artistic creativity together with the most important composers of our time. Imaginative, virtuosic, and perceptive – Klangforum Wien draws from an unmistakable sound and creates spaces for experiences that challenge audiences. The ensemble initiates extraordinary dimensions: sensual experiences with an intensity that one cannot escape. Klangforum Wien’s repertoire speaks, acts, and inspires.
Founded by Beat Furrer in 1985, Klangforum Wien is a contemporary music ensemble comprised of the world’s finest soloists. With more than 80 performances annually worldwide, the 24-member ensemble can be seen throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. At the beginning of the 2018/2019 concert season, Bas Wiegers became Klangforum Wien’s Principal Guest Conductor. The position’s predecessor, Sylvain Cambreling, will remain with the ensemble as Principal Guest Conductor emeritus. Klangforum Wien has its own annual concert series at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Every year, the ensemble commissions composers and gives numerous world and territorial premieres. Honorary members of Klangforum Wien are Friedrich Cerha, Sylvain Cambreling, and Beat Furrer.
In July and August 2023 Klangforum Wien will be active at impuls for the Composition Competition Workshop in Vienna and premiere 4 impuls commissions on August 2nd, 2023 at the impuls Festival in Graz. The following day the ensemble offers Reading Sessions at the impuls Academy.