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The Klangforum Wien, which was founded in 1985 by Beat Furrer, is dedicated to the goal of giving contemporary music a proper place in the present moment and at the cen-ter of society. Since their inaugural concert, which these musicians performed under their former name Société de l’Art Acoustique at the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, the Klangforum has created a chapter in music history. In the past 27 years these musicians have given the world premieres of 500 compositions on three continents, with some 2’000 performances in the leading concert halls and opera houses of Europe, the Americas, and Japan; their work has been documented by more than 70 CDs. Over the years they have cultivated deep artistic friendships with outstanding composers, conductors, soloists, directors, and dedicated programmers. In the process their intense involvement with various aesthetic aspects of contemporary composition has led them to develop an authentic manner of performance specifically for modern works. Their stylistic spectrum ranges from classics of the 20th century and scores by younger composers to experimental jazz and free improvisation. The Klangforum Wien consists of 24 members from 10 different countries who have a full voice in all important artistic decisions. Since 1997 Sylvain Cambreling has served as First Guest Conductor—the musicians have given him as well as Beat Furrer and Friedrich Cerha an honorary membership. In 2009 the ensemble as a collective body was appointed to a teaching position at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. The Klangforum Wien performs with the kind support of ERSTE BANK.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3 September 1994 in works by Klaus Huber and Luigi Dallapiccola conducted by Arturo Tamayo.