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Ensemble Proton Bern: New Works by Stanford Composers
Ensemble Proton Bern will perform a program of new works for mixed ensemble by Stanford composers Utku Asuroglu, Hassan Estakhrian, Julie Herndon, Chris Lortie, Davor Branimir Vincze, and Andrew Alfred Watts.
Founded in 2010, Ensemble Proton Bern (Switzerland) has established itself as one of the top new music groups. The actual goal is however much greater – they want to bring people closer to new music. To this end, the musicians discuss the contemporary sound world with their audience. Proton’s concert videos on YouTube have been viewed – most unusually for new music – many thousands of times.
The common ground among the nine core musicians is their passionate curiosity for undiscovered musical terrain. For this reason, Ensemble Proton Bern is specialised in premiering new works. These are often commissioned works tailor-made for the particular ensemble makeup. The ensemble has offered rare opportunities to write for specialized instruments such as lupophone (bass oboe) and contraforte (contrabassoon). In the search for the "new" in new music, the musicians maintain close contact with well-known composers but also support new, exceptional talent. Their initiative protonwerk, sponsored by Pro Helvetia, offers newcomers the chance to have their works played by the ensemble at the highest level.