oenm . oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik
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oenm . oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik

General Information

Year of Foundation:  1975

The œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik (Austrian Ensemble for New Music) has dedicated itself for over 35 years to the performance of contemporary music and established itself as one of the leading international ensembles of this kind. With over 300 premieres since their foundation and regular participation in countless large festivals, it is hard to imagine this Salzburg based ensemble disappearing from the stage any time soon.


In 1975 the composer Klaus Ager and the clarinettist Ferenc Tornai founded the œnm. In 1988 the composer and conductor Herbert Grassl took over management of the ensemble. Since 1997 Johannes Kalitzke has presided as the first guest conductor and played a significant role in shaping it’s development. Together with the violinist Frank Stadler and the cellist and artistic director Peter Sigl the ensemble has seen continued success. Meanwhile top musicians from 11 countries have dedicated themselves to contemptary music of the 20 and 21st centuries as part of œnm. In order to fulfil the various needs of contemporary music, the ensemble performs in diverse instrumentations from between 1 and 15 musicians. In exceptional cases sometimes more.



The œnm is a regular guest at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festspiele, Wien Modern, Festival Dialoge der Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum, and the Aspekte Festival. The ensemble has also performed at the Dresdner Tagen der zeitgenössischen Musik, the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, the Münchner Biennale, the Bologna Festival, the Kunstfest Weimar, Milano Musica, Traiettorie Parma, Settembre Musica and the Warschauer Herbst. The ensemble fas been directed by conductors like Johannes Kalitzke, Peter Ruzicka, Titus Engel, Franck Ollu, Peter Rundel, Beat Furrer, Tito Ceccherini, Andrea Pestalozza, José-Maria Sanchez-Verdú or Hideto Nomura. The ensemble can look back on close cooperations with famed composers like Pascal Dusapin, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Gander, Sofia Gubaidulina, Toshio Hosokawa, Helmut Lachenmann, Enno Poppe, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm and Salvatore Sciarrino.


In the 2008/9 season the ensemble created their own series “Saitenklang” that gave a new face to the traditional sound of Salzburg string-music. Works were commissioned from five composers for this cycle. 

Since 2011 the œnm has been producing their own concert series "œnm . ganz privat”, giving the audience an opportunity to experience an intense encounter with contemporary music in a very intimate atmosphere. This well loved series has been awarded the most generously endowed prize in Austria, the Bank Austria Kunstpreis 2012. Another concert series from the ensemble, “fingerprints”, puts individual musicians from their own ranks in the spotlight, offering the Salzburg audience a diverse programm that opens a window onto the international artistic developments of today.


The musical creations of the œnm have also been captured on countless film and audio recordings. The results have been released by NEOS, KAIROS, the Österreichischen Rundfunk (ORF) and Deutschen Grammophon. The remarkable live recording of György Kurtágs "Botschaften des verstorbenen Fräuleins RW Trussowa" and Jörg Widmanns "... Umdüstert …" on Neos was added to the best-of list by the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in 2007.


(Vita of the orchestra, taken from their homepage 08/2016)

Lineup/Description of Style

Discography, Performances, Projects

Performing Band/Ensemble of (Composition)

Abglanz und Schweigen - Rezitativ für Kammerensemble
Adagio in K
Archaiotropia - für Posaune, Schlagzeug, Violine, Violoncello und Querflöte
außen, von innen
Cendres - für Baßquerflöte, Baßklarinette, Viola und Violoncello
Divertimento Amadeo
Durchdringung - für Kammerensemble
Elf Aphorismen - für Violoncello und Bläsertrio
fancies (fancy papers) - for violin and orchestra
For the sake of Allah, I deserve nothing less than Glory
fremd körper
Godowlia Crossing - for ensemble
Grütz der Spatz als Papagei - für Sprecher und Oktett nach dem gleichnamigen Kinderbuch von Godehard Schramm
Herbst - Vier chinesische Lieder nach Li Tai Po für Bariton und Kammerensemble
Isis and Maria
Kammermusik II - Rhapsodie für Kammerensemble, Horn und tiefere Singstimme nach dem Text der Bergpredigt
Kassandra Xtended
La Partenza
les derniers cris (E.P.O.S. I)
Musaïk - MusikMosaik für zwölf Instrumente
Niente - für dreizehn Instrumente
NONETT - für 9 Instrumente
Nonett 1981
Oktett für Trompete, Horn, Posaune, Tuba, Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Kontrabass
OPHELIA - für Soprano und 9 Instrumente
Quintett für Sopran, Flöte, Horn, Violoncello und Gitarre
RUHIGES LICHT - für 10 Instrumente
ruptures - for oboe, clarinet and tape
Salomon - Oper als Beitrag zum Dialog zwischen arabischer und abendländischer Kultur
Schlechte Stimmung
Seigneur Dieu ta pitié von Guillaume Costeley - version A
Seigneur Dieu ta pitié von Guillaume Costeley - version B
So-no-ro II - für Klarinette, Baßklarinette, Violoncello, Kontrabass, Gitarre und Klavier
Stripsonate - für dreizehn Instrumente
Taqassim - für Nay, Ud, Kanun, Kammerensemble und Live-Elektronik
Tau - for flute, piccolo, vibraphone, celesta and piano
Tears in crystal vase - Fassung für 6 Instrumente
Thalatta, thalatta! - for mandoline and ensemble
The Comiphonix - ein musikalisches Wimmelbuch für großes Ensemble
Three Girls - 5 Stücke für Ensemble
Twins'n'Towers (Les arbres Vb) - for Arabic Ud, E-violin, ensemble, real-time-scores and interactive live-electronics
Verworrene Pfade - 6 Liebeslieder nach Epigrammen von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe für Tenor oder Sopran, Violoncello und 2 Gitarren
Viertes Violinkonzert - für Violine und Kammerorchester

Broadcasting Band/Ensemble of (Composition)

Dedicatee of (Composition)