The XX. Century Ensemble
The soloist-ensemble, founded by Peter Burwik in 1971, is made up of members of leading Viennese orchestras and freelance instrumentalists. They guarantee the highest standards and the level of sound quality which is associated with ‘Viennese musical culture’ worldwide. Its aim ever since is to make music of the 20th century known and to support contemporary creative work. For that purpose, several domestic and foreign composers were and are commissioned. Another important aspect of its work is the examination of the oeuvres of Schönberg, Berg and Webern – thus, the repertoire ranges from the Viennese school and representatives of classical modernity to significant exponents of innovative contemporary music. Artists such as Steve Reich, Vinko Globokar, Morton Feldmann, Younghi Pagh-Paan or Emanuel Nunes were presented to the Viennese audience in portrait-concerts for the first time.
Besides numerous appearances in Vienna (Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein, ORF, among others), the ensemble performed in other Austrian regions as well (Steirischer Herbst, Carinthischer Sommer, Linzer Brucknerfest).
On tours to Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Venezuela important current programs were performed. The ensemble has been guest at numerous international festivals: the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, WIEN MODERN, the Edinburgh Festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Huddersfield Festival, the Warsaw Autumn, “Musica” in Strasbourg, the “Enescu Festival” in Bucharest to name just a few and – not least – the Contemporary Music Days 2013 in Shanghai, were the ensemble presented four programs as ensemble in residence.
After the collaboration with Franz Koglmann in 2003 the ensemble increasingly attended to cross-border and cross-genre productions – such as the development of its innovative ‘Sensor – live electronic – dance – project’, which was presented with it’s “Multi Sensor Tracking for Live Sound Transformation” at nime in Seoul / Korea (May 2013) or its interest to commission written scores by leading Austrian Jazz-musicians.
The ensemble’s interest in Chinese contemporary music and literature is expressed by its ongoing cooperation with the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna, which led to numerous remarkable productions – documented on DVD.
In July 2017 the ensemble was invited by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to realize its “2017 Beijing International Composition Workshop”, in 2019 the ensemble was invited to the “Spring Festival Shanghai”.