classical music
contemporary classical

Ensemble Modern: New International Composers

Part of SoundState

Leading contemporary music specialists Ensemble Modern present new works by young composers from all over the world – Iran, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey and the USA – in the first of two short concerts.

The evening opens with Feed Forward by the American composer Ashley Fure, who describes the piece as moving from ‘sharp edges and stark shifts’ to ‘fused, fluid expanses’ as it explores the kinetic and elemental. The New York Times calls the Pulitzer-shortlisted Fure ‘one of the finest young composers around.’

Next, we hear music by the young Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi, the recipient of a 2015 Morton Gold ASCAP young composers award, who is currently working on an opera based on texts by the contemporary Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker.

The Berlin-based composer Martin Grütter describes his 2017 work for seven instruments, Die Häutung des Himmels, as a ‘hyper-energetic, micro-choreographed [work]... alternating dense counterpoint with periods of quiet repose.’ The founder of the Schwelbrand music festival, he has won many awards for composition in his native Germany.

At a 2016 performance by Ensemble Modern at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Guardian described Vito Zuraj’s piece as ‘the most memorable music of the night.’ The Slovenian composer had been awarded the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize that spring.

The final work presented is Turkish composer Zeynep Gedizlioglu’s striking Kesik (Cut) – for ensemble, in which 12 instruments engage in a spiky, tensely negotiated polyphony.

This concert is conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni, formerly the Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Modern, and currently Assistant Conductor of the Paris-based new music group Ensemble intercontemporain.

Slovenian composer Vito Žuraj's appearance has been supported by the Embassy of Slovenia in London.

[they] find the precise attack and colour for any niche corner of the contemporary music repertoire
The Guardian


Ensemble Modern
Vimbayi Kaziboni conductor


Zeynep Gedizlioglu: Kesik (Cut) (UK premiere)
Anahita Abbasi: Situation II / Dialoge (UK premiere)
Martin Grütter: Die Häutung des Himmels (UK premiere)
Ashley Fure: Feed forward (UK premiere)
Vito Žuraj: Runaround for brass quartet & ensemble (UK premiere)

Dates & times

This event has passed.


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £20


25% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

need to know

Discounted student tickets are available from Student Pulse in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage.

Download the Student Pulse app or register online