The ensemble has received critical acclaim for both its live performances (‘Scintillating’ Het Parool) and recorded output (‘Ensemble Klang's playing is intimidatingly good, beautiful and honest’ de Trouw; ‘Pure, uncompromising and relentless... Ensemble Klang play everything with an equal amount of precision as intensity and honesty’ NRC Handelsblad). Their album 'Waves - Peter Adriaansz' was featured in De Trouw in Anthony Fiumara's Top 10 albums of 2010. Performances occur regularly and extensively across the Netherlands, and also in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic, and they have been featured on national television or radio in the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Christian Karlsen - dirigent
Christian Karlsen (Sweden, 1985) is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Based in the Netherlands, he has worked most of the country’s orchestras incl. the Hague, Eindhoven, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He is also a regular guest of the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble. Equally in demand in the UK, Germany, Austria and Scandinavia, recent highlights include debuts with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Other highlights this year are his participation in the Darmstadt International Music Festival with Stockhausen’s legendary work Carré, Schönberg’s opera Erwartung and Mahler’s 10th Symphony in Amsterdam and the opening of the Gaudeamus Festival. As part of the Umeå European Capital of Culture he conducted the new productions Saiyah by Benjamin Staern and Nox Borealis by Kaija Saariaho at the Norrland Opera.
In 2008 Karlsen co-founded the New European Ensemble and remained artistic director and chief conductor until 2014. Some of his most critically acclaimed productions include Hans Werner Henze’s Voices (with Amnesty International), Strange News by Rolf Wallin (with the International Criminal Court) and a Schönberg-Maxwell Davies double bill together with New Opera Amsterdam. In 2011 he was the artistic director of the large Kaija Saariaho festival in the Hague (with Residentie Orkest, New European Ensemble and the Royal Conservatoire). He also led festivals around Arnold Schönberg (2009) and Magnus Lindberg (2013-14).
Having always been a strong advocate for the music of our time, he has led numerous world premieres and collaborated with leading composers as Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Sofia Gubaidulina, Magnus Lindberg, Mark Anthony Turnage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He previously worked as assistant to Esa Pekka Salonen (Philharmonia Orchestra) and with Jac van Steen at the Dortmund Opera. Christian Karlsen studied at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague.
Pete Harden - basgitaar (Klang)
Pete Harden is a composer/performer who moved from the UK to the Netherlands in 2000 to study composition with Louis Andriessen. He quickly got caught up in the rich, diverse and challenging music-making for which the country is known, and has lived there since. As a composer he has had works commissioned by, among others, the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs, Marco Blaauw, Dirk Luijmes, Anja Kwekkestein, Trio Scordatura and the Orgelpark (Amsterdam). Aside from Ensemble Klang, Pete has played electric guitar with ensembles including the ASKO | Schoenberg, Red Note Ensemble (Scotland), LOOS Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, and has featured as a soloist in festivals including the Canberra International Music Festival (Australia).
Saskia Lankhoorn - piano (Klang)
Saskia Lankhoorn made her first appearance on Dutch national radio aged 16, playing Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke opus 19 by Arnold Schönberg. Three years later she won first prize in the national Prinses Christina Competition, and in April 2007 duo Sekhuis/Lankhoorn was a finalist in the Concertgebouw’s 58th Vriendenkrans Competition where she was awarded both the press prize and the public award. She is active as both a soloist and chamber musician. In 2009 she debuted her solo program of works by Kate Moore and Horatiu Radulescu ‘Music out of the City’.
Joey Marijs - percussion (Klang, ASKO|Schönberg)
Joey Marijs behaalde in 2005 zijn master diploma aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium te Den Haag, waar hij studeerde bij Wim Vos, Luuk Nagtegaal en Hans Zonderop. Sinds september 2008 is Joey vast lid van Asko|Schönberg. Tevens maakt hij deel uit van Slagwerk Den Haag. Tijdens zijn studie aan het conservatorium richtte hij samen met een aantal medestudenten Ensemble Klang op. Verder maakt hij deel uit van het Anstatt dass Trio. Dit trio richt zich vooral op de zogenaamde ‘entartete musik’, waarbij de muziek op teksten van Bertolt Brecht de boventoon voert.
Aart Strootman - gitaar (Klang)
Pioneering guitarist Aart Strootman (1987) studied in Tilburg with Hein Sanderink, obtaining his Bachelor's in Music cum laude in 2008. Subsequent studies with Marlon Titre, Elliott Fisk and Scott Tennant resulted in a cum laude Master's in Music with the highest grade at Conservatory Fontys & Zuyd in 2010. At the same institute he graduated with a Master's in Music Theory and at the University of Utrecht he obtained a MA in Musicology. Aart is artistic leader and (co-) founder of several contemporary music ensembles. He regularly plays at ensemble Lunatree, Klang, StarGaze, and with dance companies T.R.A.S.H. and Club Guy&Roni.
Felicia van den End - fluit
Felicia van den End studied at the Utrecht Conservatory with Abbie de Quant. In 2005/2006 she studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in the class of Pierre-Yves Artaud and in 2011 Felicia finished her postgraduate studies with Jacques Zoon in Geneva. She gained first prizes in the National Flute Competition, many further distinctions followed. As a soloist Felicia has appeared with the Antonio Lucio Chamber Orchestra, the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Solists and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Felicia is now part of the New European Ensemble which focuses on contemporary music.
Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer - klarinetten
Clarinetist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (1977) studied at the Juilliard School for Music in New York with clarinetist Charles Neidich. He has won several first prizes at international competitions such as the International Competition for Youth (Lisbon 1994) and the RTBF Jeunes Solistes (Brussels 1993). In 1999 he made his début in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, since then he has played in major venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Musik Verein Vienna, Cité de la Musique Paris and Philharmonie Berlin. Lars has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He has been a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin since 2000 and the Dutch ensembles Lunapark, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil and the Orlando Wind Quintet. In 2003, Lars was awarded an Edison for his début cd.
Frank Braafhart - trompet (ASKO|Schönberg)
Frank Braafhart (1987) won prijzen bij onder andere het Prinses Christina concours, The Yamaha Trumpet Contest, het Aberdeen Music Festival, en het concours van Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland. Hij studeerde aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam bij Frits Damrow. Vanaf 2007 speelde hij talloze concerten mee met het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest in binnen- en buitenland. In 2012 behaalde Frank hij zijn Master-Degree aan de Hochschule für Musik bij Reinhold Friedrich. Regelmatig remplaceert hij bij de Nederlandse orkesten, het Asko|Schönberg ensemble en het New European Ensemble. Als vast lid speelt hij bij koperensemble NEOS Brass. Daarnaast speelt hij regelmatig bij het door Claudio Abbado opgerichte Orchestra Mozart in Bologna.
Maria-Paula Majoor - viool (Matangi Quartet)
Maria-Paula studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, with Qui van Woerdekom, Lex Korff de Gidts, Rainer Kussmaul, Herman Krebbers and Adeline Oprean. She won rewards at various competitions, for example at the Davina van Wely Competition. She has been the leader of the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra and toured with various chamber music ensembles. Maria-Paula was one of the musicians accompanying the Dutch artist Herman van Veen during his German tour in 2001/2002.
Karsten Kleijer - altviool (Matangi Quartet)
Karsten Kleijer studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He received lessons from many international musicians, among whom Christiaan Bor, Michael Muller, Natasja Morozowa and Ferdinand Erblich. Karsten played in many (youth) orchestras, lead by such renowned conductors among whom Valery Gergiev, Victor Lieberman and Jurjen Hempel.
Arno van der Vuurst - cello (Matangi Quartet)
Arno studied at the Utrecht Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Arno received lessons from Michiel de Ligt, Lenian Benjamins and Fred Pot. He met Maria-Paula and Daniel at the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra and has played together with them ever since, for example at the annual Orlando Festival. Arno has been a member of the Matangi Quartet since 2005.
Arne Bock - elektronica en geluidstechniek
Arne Bock, originally from Denmark, graduated from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2004 with a bachelor degree in jazz performance. As a professional trumpet player, Arne has performed in a wide variety of musical settings spanning from jazz to contemporary classical music, funk music, pop, salsa music and world music. In 2008 he completed his studies as a Tonemeister with a bachelor degree in sound engineering at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. By now Arne has become a highly in-demand sound engineer, he has worked with numerous ensembles and orchestras including Asko|Schoenberg, het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, AsGuests, Holland Simfonia, het Nederlands Radio Philharmonisch Orkest, Ensemble Klang, The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra, en Holland Opera.
Meeus van Dis - lichtplan en lichttechniek
Meeus van Dis specialiseert zich sinds 1999 in met de hand geproduceerde diaprojecties. Meeus was van 2004 tot 2008 video curator in club 11. De samenwerking met club 11 zette zich voort in het ontwikkelen van de lichtontwerpen voor club Trouw. In 2010 opende Meeus, in samenwerking met producer Aardvarck, de Museumnacht. Dit deed hij door middel van een audiovisuele lichtinstallatie. Momenteel houdt Meeus zich bovendien bezig met het ontwikkelen van animatie-applicaties voor analoge projecties.