The International Contemporary Ensemble and the New School’s College of Performing Arts will present ENSEMBLE EVOLUTION

This summer, the International Contemporary Ensemble, in partnership with the New School’s College of Performing Arts, will present Ensemble Evolution – an intensive hybrid summer program designed to foster a holistic understanding of the artist as a global citizen – from Saturday June 25 to Saturday July 2. Now in its sixth year, Ensemble Evolution brings together participants and teachers through music making, community building, and creative production to explore and transform the ways music is created and experienced. This summer, the week-long intensive is offered both online and in person at The New School’s Arnold Hall in New York City, culminating in a large-scale online digital festival on Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET featuring Ensemble Evolution participants alongside faculty members and special guests.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary season, the Ensemble assembles a roster of renowned teachers and guest presenters for Ensemble Evolution, encompassing a wide range of musical expertise and creative artistry enabling boundary-pushing collaborations with participants. Ensemble Evolution encourages its participants to play an increasing role in shaping their intensive experience alongside faculty and guest artists, from programming to producing concerts, fostering a community-building environment that has become a hallmark of the program. . Follow this link for the full list of this year’s professors and guest speakers.

This year, Ensemble Evolution welcomes nearly 50 participants who join the summer intensive from all over the United States, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Poland and the United Kingdom, with a variety of artistic backgrounds, including composers/performers, instrumentalists, improvisers, multimedia artists and electronic/sound practitioners.

Event Information

Overall evolution
Saturday June 25 – Saturday July 2, 2022
June 25 – June 29: online virtual activities
June 30 – July 2: In-person activities at The New School, Arnold Hall
Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET: Ensemble Evolution 2022 Showcase (online, details to be confirmed)

Watch the July 2 virtual showcase here:

About the International Contemporary Ensemble
Committed to cultivating a more curious and engaged society through music, the Ensemble Contemporain International – as a curator and performer at the highest level – amplifies the creators whose work propels and challenges the way music is made and lived. The 39 members of the Ensemble present themselves as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners and collaborators of the greatest musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored the Ensemble’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms shine a light on the many voices that weave together the music’s present.

The Ensemble has become a leading force in new music over the past 20 years, having premiered over 1,000 works and having been a vehicle for the workshop and performance of thousands of works by student composers at across the United States. unknown at the time of their first collaboration with the Ensemble – fundamentally shaped his creative philosophy and went on to have highly visible and influential careers including MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey; longtime Ensemble collaborator, founding member and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun; and Ensemble founder, 2012 MacArthur Fellow and first-ever flautist to win Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Prize, Claire Chase.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Contemporary Ensemble was also named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2014. The group was Artist-in-Residence at Lincoln Center’s Mainly Mozart Festival (2008-2020), Ojai Music Festival (2015-17) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010-2015). In addition, the Ensemble has presented and performed at festivals in the United States such as Big Ears Festival and Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, as well as abroad, including GMEM-Centre National de Création Musicale (CNCM) in Marseille, Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Warsaw Autumn, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and Cité de la Musique in Paris. Other performance stages include the armory on Park Avenue, the ice floes of Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, warehouses in Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and boats on the Amazon River.

The International Contemporary Ensemble advances music technology and digital communications as a tool of empowerment for artists of all backgrounds. Digitice provides high-quality video documentation to collaborating artists and provides access to an in-depth archive of composer workshops and performances. The Ensemble regularly engages new listeners through free concerts and interactive, educational programming with primary funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Curricular activities include a partnership with the New School’s College of Performing Arts (CoPA), as well as an intensive summer program, called Ensemble Evolution, where topics of equity, diversity and inclusion build new bridges and pathways for the future of creative sound practices. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the Ensemble’s exclusive piano supplier. To find out more, go to and watch over 350 videos of live performances and documentaries at