Teaching, experimentation, dialogues: these are the three passions that preside over the International Ensemble Modern Academy upon its creation in 2003. The academy, founded as a logical extension of everything the Ensemble Modern stands for: highest quality, joy of performing, interdisciplinary art projects, and internationality. Over the past 30 years, the Ensemble Modern has studied many artists and their works, gaining a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of music from the beginnings of the 20th century onwards, embodying a “living memory of modern music”.
The IEMA, led by members of the Ensemble Modern, offers young artists the opportunity to take advantage of this memory, and to use it in various ways. Thanks to funding from the German Federal cultural Foundation, Kunststiftung NRW, and the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain the Ensemble Modern is able to offer training on diverse repertoires of contemporary music every year to 19 young artists (musicians, conductors, composers). A training program based on specific instrumental techniques for contemporary music, its notations, and the issues surrounding its interpretation in addition to a mastery of certain aesthetic concepts, intrinsic to works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Collaborations with institutions such as the Center for Art and Medias in Karlsruhe or the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen enable the development of interdisciplinary projects. Regularly invited composers and conductors Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, and Hans Zender. The results of these projects can be seen in 20 concerts evey year, in Germany and abroad.