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The Ensemble intercontemporain is a music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music from the 20th century to nowadays.

It was founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez in collaboration with Nicholas Snowman, and with the support of Michel Guy (then Minister of Culture in the French government).

The Ensemble's 31 soloists work under the artistic direction of conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher. United by the same passion for creation, these musicians explore new musical territories alongside composers and collaborate on commissions and performances of new works every year. This creative movement thrives on collaborations with other artistic forms of expression: dance, theater, film, video, and visual arts, amongst others.

The Ensemble is also active in the realization of innovative projects by integrating new technologies, some of them in close partnership with Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique).

Aiming to continuously promote the circulation of musical works around the world, the Ensemble holds workshops for young performers and composers, performs educational concerts, and hosts cultural outreach programs for the general public.

Based at the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris, the Ensemble intercontemporain preforms and records in renowned concert halls in France and abroad, while also regularly taking part in major festivals worldwide. 

The Ensemble is financed by the French Ministry of Culture and receives additional support from the City of Paris.
The Ensemble intercontemporain receives support from the Fondation Meyer for some of its creation projects.