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 ‘Class Work’ 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, Gérard 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.
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.