Klangforum Wien

Klangforum Wien – a force to improve the world
24 musicians from ten different countries represent an artistic idea and a personal approach
that aims to restore to their art something that seems to have been lost - gradually, almost
inadvertently ...

Klangforum Wien – a force to improve the world
24 musicians from ten different countries represent an artistic idea and a personal approach
that aims to restore to their art something that seems to have been lost - gradually, almost
inadvertently - during the course of the 20th century, which gives their music a place in the
present and in the midst of the community for which it was written and for whom it is crying
out to be heard. Ever since its first concert, which the ensemble played under its erstwhile
name ‚Societé de l’Art Acoustique’ under the baton of its founder Beat Furrer at the Palais
Liechtenstein, Klangforum Wien has written musical history. The ensemble has premiered
roughly 500 new pieces by composers from three continents, giving a voice to the notes for
the first time. It could - if given to introspection - look back on a discography of over 70 CDs,
a series of honours and prizes and around 2000 appearances in the premier concert houses
and opera venues in Europe, the Americas and Japan, for renowned festivals as well as
youthful and idealistic initiatives. Over the years, strong artistic and affectionate links have
developed with outstanding composers, conductors, soloists, directors and dedicated
programmers. These have been influential in forming Klangforum’s profile, just as the
ensemble has played an important part in forming and supporting the shape of their
endeavours. During the last few years, individual members and the ensemble as a whole
have made increasing efforts to pass on special techniques and forms of musical expression
to a new generation of instrumentalists and composers. And from 2009, owing to a teaching
assignment at the University of Performing Arts Graz, Klangforum Wien as a whole could
style itself ‚professor’.
All of this would remain purely superficial, if it didn’t have its base in the monthly assemblies
of all the ensemble’s musicians and the constantly redefined artistic will of a collective for
which music, finally, is nothing less than an expression of their ethos and awareness of their
own share of responsibility for the present and future.
And just as in their art, Klangforum Wien itself is nothing but a force, barely disguised by its
metier, to improve the world.
The moment they step onto the podium, the musicians know that only one thing counts:
everything. Eros and the absoluteness of this conviction are at the root of the inimitable
quality of their concerts.
Whoever would like to know more about the ensemble’s history, figures, dates and facts, is
cordially invited to visit our web-site at www.klangforum.at
In this brief account of ourselves we thought it more worthwhile to attempt a sketch of the
ensemble’s nature rather than to follow convention by publishing statistics.

The members of Klangforum Wien come from Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, France,
Greece, Italy, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.
Sylvain Cambreling, Friedrich Cerha and Beat Furrer are three outstanding musicians who in
the past 25 years have been awarded an honorary membership of Klangforum Wien through
an unanimous decision by the ensemble.
Sylvain Cambreling is first guest conductor of Klangforum Wien since 1997.