The Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain
The Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain is an instrumental ensemble with a nucleus of nineteen musicians, which can expand to orchestral dimensions as necessary. Its current music director Daniel Kawka (from France – Saint-Etienne) founded it in 1992.
The EOC concentrates its activities on the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It has a repertoire of nearly 500 works by 200 composers, including 170 premieres. One of the key ideas of the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain is to conceive each concert as a special event with original programmes, open to every style and creating a genuine contact between audience, performers and creators.
Educational and outreach activities are offered in parallel to the concerts, among them master classes, creative workshops, public rehearsals, pre-performance talks, and meetings with the conductor and the musicians.
The Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain is regularly invited to appear at French and international festivals and venues, including Musica (Strasbourg), Les Détours de Babel (Grenoble), Biennale Musiques en Scène (Lyon), the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Musica Nova (Brazil), Music Today (Seoul), and the Warsaw Autumn Festival etc.