Ensemble KNM Berlin

KNM stands for the active, current music scene in Berlin’s metropolis. Along with other students of former East Berlin’s Hanns Eisler School of Music, Juliane Klein and Thomas Bruns founded the ensemble in 1988. It is now made up of ten musicians from all over Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland.

In close collaboration with international composers, authors, conductors, artists and producers, KNM has presented compositions, concert installations and projects worldwide. Programmes result from a fascination with the unknown and constant discussions about the most essential topics of our time. The ensemble has performed over a thousand concerts since its creation.

KNM is known internationally, not only for its frequent appearances at the major European music festivals such as ars musica Brussels, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Festival d’Automne à Paris, MaerzMusik, Berlin, musica Strasbourg, settembre musica Torino, UltraSchall - Festival für neue Musik, Berlin, Wiener Festwochen and Wien Modern, but also for its own productions including “HouseMusik”, “space+place” and “KNM New Music Spa”.

Concert tours have taken the ensemble to places including Carnegie Hall, New York City, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wiener Konzerthaus, National Concert Hall Taipei and Suntory Hall Tokyo.

In 2011 and 2012, KNM caused a sensation with highly ambitious and surprising new projects. In over 30 “lunch & after work” concerts throughout Berlin the ensemble presented the city with a panorama of international compositions. With its “Gehörte Stadt “, audiences were invited on an acoustic tour of the city. In 2012 and 2013, KNM portrayed the French music scene at the French Institute in Berlin where it gave 17 concerts.
In autumn 2015, KNM will be opening the concert series Pol(s)ka with a focus on contemporary music in Poland.

In 2013, the Akademie Opus XXI engaged KNM as ensemble in residence to work with young players and composers on its summer course in Avignon, France. The collaboration will continue in Salem, Germany in 2015. 2015 will also see KNM on tour to India, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

KNM’s discography comprises 14 CDs to date; the KNM was awarded the “German Records Critic Award” 03/2009 und 03/2010 for its collaboration with the composer Beat Furrer.

Foto: Anja Weber