Since the turn of the 21st century the term “contemporary music” has gained a new meaning. “The 20th century is over, a new era has started. This is the feeling one has at an ensemble Intégrales concert in Eindhoven”, as a Dutch newspaper recently wrote about the ensemble Intégrales. For more then 12 years ensemble Intégrales has built up an outstanding interpretation, its experimental curiosity thrilling fans of contemporary music. Since its foundation the group has been lauded around the world for its interpretations of new chamber music, appearing across Europe, the US and in Asia. Apart from its concert activities, ensemble Intégrales also gives workshops for instrumentalists, composers and pupils at state schools. Many rehearsals are open to the public and help prospective audiences gain an inside view on the ensemble’s work.
The group also works in interdisciplinary way in the fields of performance, live electronics, music theatre and film music. The enormous scope of its repertoire is documented in many radio, CD and TV recordings. Characteristic of their programmes is the special emphasis placed on the dramaturgical profile and concept. The ensemble’s concerts reflect the variety, playfulness and intrinsic beauty of contemporary music. The relaxed attitude – free of dogma, great stylistic variety, virtuosic style and last but not least their joy while performing, communicate immediately to the audience. The ensemble enjoys a creative relationship with emerging and well-known composers whom they have often inspired to write new works. A special importance is placed on the collaboration with the young generation, which certainly bears fruit. The Irish Times had this to say on the occasion of a concert by ensemble Intégrales in Belfast in March 2003, featuring only works specially written for the ensemble: “With commitment and zest ... the vitality of both playing and writing augurs well for the future of contemporary music.”