Friday Night

Ensemble Modern/IEMA (DE)


The composer Hans Zender is an interdisciplinary artist par excellence. Even as a conductor and author of brilliant essays, he has always tried to trace the essence of listening. In terms of composition, he has developed his own microtonally organized harmony, opening up the possibilities of a pure sound freed from the shifts in temperament.

The core of the project of the International Ensemble Modern Academy was the development of Zender’s “Denn Wiederkommen. Hölderlin read III” for string quartet and voice with Salome Kammer and the musicians of the International Ensemble Modern Academy with lecturers from Ensemble Modern and Hans Zender himself. The highlight of the work were workshops with the composer in September 2018 as part of the Meersburger KonzertGespräche, at the end of which today’s concert programme was also performed.

The Ensemble Modern contributes Beethoven’s String Quartet in D Major op. 18 No.3; Salome Kammer and accordionist Teodoro Anzellotti Hans Zender’s “Hölderlin Lesen V” (A Wandering Man…angry).

Hans Zender has a deep and long-standing friendship with the Ensemble Modern as a composer, initiator and thinker; he gave impulses for the founding of the Ensemble Modern, in 1993 he initiated the discussion concert series “Happy New Ears”, which experienced its 100th edition in 2018. The patronage society of the Ensemble Modern e.V. is the Hans und Gertrud

Zender Foundation is a decisive support. With their foundation, the Zender couple bundle their artistic and cultural-political commitment, with which they have worked for decades for an alert approach to music and with curiosity and openness for the works of numerous contemporary composers.


Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18, No. 3 (1800)
String quartet of the Ensemble Modern (Jagdish Mistry – violin, Diego Ramos Rodríguez – violin, Megumi Kasakawa – viola, Michael M. Kasper – violoncello)

Hans Zender: Reading Hölderlin V. – A Wandering Man … angry (2012)
Salome Kammer – Speaker, Teodoro Anzellotti – Accordion


Hans Zender: Reading Hölderlin III – For Coming Back (1991)
Graduates of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) 2017/18: Lola Rubio – Violin, William Overcash – Violin, Laura, Hovestadt – Viola, Kyubin Hwang – Violoncello, Salome Kammer – Speaker


Ensemble Modern
The Ensemble Modern is the oldest German ensemble dedicated exclusively to contemporary music of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to concerts in its hometown of Frankfurt, the ensemble can be heard at the world’s most renowned festivals and in outstanding venues. In close collaboration with composers, the musicians produce an average of 70 new works each year, including some 20 world premieres. Its unmistakable programmatic range includes music theatre, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestra concerts.

International Ensemble Modern Academy
Founded in 2003, the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) is the educational institution of the Ensemble Modern. Under its umbrella, various training programmes are offered annually: international master classes, education projects, the International Composition Seminar and a master’s course in contemporary music in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Teodoro Anzellotti
– Accordionist – has contributed significantly to the integration of the accordion into classical musical life and has put his art at the service of New Music in particular: through new playing techniques, he has considerably expanded the tonal colours of the accordion and profiled the audio image. More than 300 new works have been written for Teodoro Anzellotti by composers such as George Aperghis, Heinz Holliger, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauricio Kagel, Michael Jarrell, Isabel Mundry, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and Hans Zender.

Salome Chamber
– Voice soloist, actress, singer, cellist – has been heard as a vocal soloist in concerts for new music since 1990 and has premiered numerous works of new music internationally. Her repertoire includes avant-garde singing and virtuoso voice experiments, classical melodrama, song recitals, Dada poetry, jazz singing and Broadway songs. Composers at home and abroad, including Helmut Oehring, Wolfgang Rihm, Isabel Mundry, Bernhard Lang, Carola Bauckholt, Peter Eötvös and Jörg Widmann, write pieces for the artist.