The Ensemble

Welcome to the Website of the ensemble XX. jahrhundert

The soloist-ensemble, founded by Peter Burwik in 1971, guarantees the highest standards associated with ‘Viennese musical culture’ worldwide.

Its aim is to make music of the 20th century known and to support contemporary creative work in the 21st century. For that purpose, several domestic and foreign composers have been and continue to be commissioned.

Next to the repertoire of the 2nd Viennese school – a permanent focus of the ensemble – its aesthetic range reaches from representatives of classical modernity to significant exponents of innovative contemporary music. Artists such as Steve Reich, Vinko Globokar, Morton Feldman, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Kaija Saariaho or Emanuel Nunes have been presented to the Viennese audience in portrait-concerts for the first time.

On tours to Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Venezuela important current programs have been performed.

The ensemble has been guest at numerous international festivals: the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, the Edinburgh International 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 and the 2019 Spring Festival Shanghai.

After a collaboration with Franz Koglmann in 2003 the ensemble has increasingly attended to cross-border and cross-genre productions – such as the development of its innovative ‘Sensor – live electronic – dance – project’, presented with it’s “Multi Sensor Tracking for Live Sound Transformation” at nime in Seoul / Korea (May 2013) and its interest in commissioning written scores by leading Austrian Jazz-musicians.

The ensemble’s interest in Chinese contemporary music and literature is expressed by its cooperation with the Confucius Institute, and has 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”.