Ensemble Recherche has been dedicated to the new and unknown since 1985. From the time of its creation nearly four decades ago, the Freiburg-based ensemble has been shaping contemporary music and writing musical history, premiering more than 600 works and producing more than 50 CD recordings to date. The eight performer-members‚ÄĒall internationally renowned soloists‚ÄĒshare a passion for experimentation, placing their exceptional musicality and creativity at the service of the ensemble and its collective research of the musical present.

The ensemble is deeply committed to the future of contemporary music, seeking to pass on its spirit of research and curiostiy to the next generation through its pedagogical and outreach activities, such as school workshops, concerts for children, participative youth projects, and master classes. Through the long-running ‚ÄėClass Work‚Äô project, the ensemble has worked with students of composition at conservatories and universities in Boston, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Linz, Freiburg, Antwerp, Reykjavik and Cambridge, among others. At the same time, long-term professional relationships with important composers of the 20th¬†century (such as Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, G√©rard Grisey, Hans Abrahamsen and Hans Werner Henze) have ensured that the ensemble members are also experts in the historical performance practice of the music of the last century.  
Ensemble Recherche is regularly invited to perform in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in Europe, including the the Elbe Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Venice Biennale, Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Donaueschingen, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, and Wien Modern, among others. International concert tours have taken the ensemble to Israel, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, the USA and South America. In Freiburg, the ensemble introduces audiences to exciting composer personalities through its subscription concert series.

The ensemble advocates a culture of sensitive listening, inclusivitiy and diversity in its programming, ecological sustainability, and a joyful and relaxed approach to complexity. Together with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche has been based in Ensemblehaus Freiburg since 2012. With the gradual departure of its founding members, personnel changes in recent years have ensured both continuity with the ensemble’s long and esteemed history and a passion for the musical present and future.

Ensemble Recherche was awarded the City of Freiburg Reinhold Schneider Prize in 2018.
Ensemble recherche is sponsored by the City of Freiburg and the state of Baden-W√ľrttemberg.