The Ansermet Ensemble
About The Ansermet Ensemble
Founded in 2015, the Ansermet Ensemble was created as a cultural exchange project between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Its aim is to bring together musicians and audiences from both countries to encourage understanding and the enjoyment of music, as well as promote new repertoire from young contemporary composers. Our performers' credits include degrees from the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Cambridge University. Our dedicated front of house team is formed of select graduates from the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School. The group takes its name from the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet (1883-1969). A contemporary of Furtwängler and Klemperer, he was a champion of 20th century music - notably that of his compatriots Frank Martin and Arthur Honegger. He is perhaps best known as the founder of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and for conducting several notable premieres for Igor Stravinsky, including 'Histoire d'un Soldat' (1918), 'Pulcinella' (1920), and 'Les Noces' (1923). The Ansermet Ensemble seeks to honour his commitment to contemporary music by promoting new works as well as bringing repertoire classics to new audiences.