The Ensemble Modern is considered to be one of the leading ensembles of new music worldwide. It is a regular guest at European festivals and venues, for example, at the Berliner Festspiele; Bregenz Festival; Cité de la Musique; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Wien Modern; and Wigmore Hall London. On average Ensemble Modern performs 70 works a year, from music theater, dance, and video productions to chamber music, and ensemble and orchestra concerts, which include approximately 20 world premieres.
They have collaborated intensively with composers over the course of many years – among others, with John Adams; Mark Andre; George Benjamin; Peter Eötvös; Brian Ferneyhough; Heiner Goebbels; Hans Werner Henze; Mauricio Kagel; György Kurtág; Helmut Lachenmann; György Ligeti; Olga Neuwirth; Enno Poppe; Rebecca Saunders; Simon Steen-Andersen; Karlheinz Stockhausen; Steve Reich; Frank Zappa; and Vito Žuraj.
They have been based in Frankfurt am Main since 1980, and Ensemble Modern has its own subscription series at the Alte Oper Frankfurt. The ensemble is run on a democratic basis, and has been very successful for many decades and is very well known. Projects, partnerships, and financial issues are decided and carried out as an artist collective. Around 20 soloists from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the U.S., and Switzerland form the core of the ensemble.