An orchestra stands on the brightly lit stage in a darkened concert hall.
Ensemble Modern Orchestra
© Berliner Festspiele, photo: Fabian Schellhorn

A project of Ensemble Modern, supported by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten, the Ensemble Modern Patronatsgesellschaft e. V. and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event, kindly funded by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Concert | Musikfest Berlin 2023

Ensemble Modern Orchestra

Sir George Benjamin, conductor
Chin / Ogonek / Filidei / Benjamin / Ammann

Sir George Benjamin’s collaboration with the Ensemble Modern now extends for over 30 years and has manifested itself in a series of important world premieres. His programme with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra features utterly contemporary works that use all the colourful and expressive assets of the full-scale orchestra.

A concert recording by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, with special thanks for providing

Concert Programme

Unsuk Chin (*1961)
SPIRA (2019)
Concerto for orchestra
ca. 18 min

Elizabeth Ogonek (*1989)
Cloudline (2021)
a tone painting for orchestra
ca. 12 min

Francesco Filidei (*1973)
Cantico delle Creature (2022/2023)
for soprano and orchestra

Commissioned by Ensemble Modern, Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice and Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

World premiere
ca. 18 min

George Benjamin (*1960)
A Mind of Winter (1981)
for soprano and orchestra
ca. 9 min

Dieter Ammann (*1962)
glut (2014 – 2016)
for orchestra
ca. 19 min


Anna Prohaskasoprano

Ensemble Modern Orchestra
Sir George Benjaminconductor