Asko|Schönberg, leading ensemble for new music.
Our mission is to perform music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in a variety of settings. The ensemble's highly qualified and motivated musicians perform works dating from the 20th and 21st centuries, from solos to larger-scale repertoire, both in concert settings and in interdisciplinary productions. Asko|Schönberg occupies an unassailable position in the arts through its enormous versatility, constant forward momentum and its ability to mirror topicality or even fly in the face of it. Collaboration between musicians and composers and creators is a key element of its work. They examine musical and theatrical formats, techniques and possibilities through a dynamic working process that results in exciting discoveries, new insights and innovative methods of presentation. Asko|Schönberg, while respecting its 20th century heritage, is creating the repertoire of the future. The musicians are highly specialised in the performance of new music, thanks in part to their intensive collaboration with the composers.
The repertoire is not confined to music from the generation of 20th century musical innovators, including such famous names as Andriessen, Gubaidulina, Kurtág and Ligeti; the ensemble also offers opportunities to younger talented composers by commissioning new works each year. It regularly premieres hitherto unknown, high-quality work, fresh from the printing press. It cherishes relationships and cultivates its intensive collaboration with major, significant composers as well as up-and-coming younger talents. The talent development project K[h]AOS challenges young musicians and composers to examine, develop and present their ideas, leaning on support from the knowledge and network available within Asko|Schönberg.
There are collaborative links in place with theatre companies, musical theatre groups and opera houses. Interdisciplinary projects form an important element of the ensemble's programming. Every year, a multi-faceted production, co-produced with the Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni, tours throughout the country.
The ensemble appears in a select number of concert halls both at home and abroad and is a regular guest at festivals in cities such as Cologne, Zagreb and Paris. In recent seasons, the ensemble has performed in South Africa, Melbourne, London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Jakarta.
Asko|Schönberg is the ensemble in residence at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam.
The ensemble enjoyes long-term financial support from the Performing Arts Fund and the Municipality of Amsterdam.