Collegium Novum Zürich

Collegium Novum Zürich
Collegium Novum Zürich
Nordstrasse 378
CH-8037 Zürich

Tel: +41 (0)44 251 60 44
Fax: +41 (0)44 291 60 44



Genre: Classical Music

Founded in 1993, the Collegium Novum set itself the goal of promoting and performing contemporary music in high standard interpretations. Contemporary music production is set in context to music of bygone epochs. An integral part in artistic work is the direct contact with composers as well as the exchange with the Zurich School of Music and Drama. Thanks to its mobile structure, the 25-member soloist ensemble can flexibly revert to any instrumentation, from solo to grand ensemble. It allows for the arranging of a program according to contentual criteria only. In the ensemble, the members also make appearances as soloists. Alongside their function in the ensemble, they play a leading role in Swiss cultural life.
Subsidised by the city of Zurich and in co-operation with the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft, the Collegium Novum Zürich maintains a concert series of its own in Zurich's Tonhalle. Further concert projects aim at a genre-embracing integration of arts and at a suggestive connection of the musical program and the venue. Thus, co-operations with Zurich's museum Haus Konstruktiv, the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the Zürcher Brockenhaus have emerged.
The Collegium Novum Zürich gave countless world premieres: compositions by Frangis Ali-Sade, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Edu Haubensak, Hans Werner Henze, Klaus Huber, Michael Jarell, Mischa Käser, Rudolf Kelterborn, Christoph Neidhöfer, Giorgio Netti, Helmut Oehring, Klaus Ospald, Hilda Paredes, Felix Profos, Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini, Annette Schmucki, Nadir Vassena and Gérard Zinsstag amongst others.
The ensemble has been led by renowned conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Friedrich Cerha, Mark Foster, Beat Furrer, Howard Griffiths, Peter Hirsch, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Johannes Kalitzke, Roland Kluttig, Susanna Mälkki, Zsolt Nagy, Pascal Rophé, Peter Rundel and Jürg Wyttenbach.
The Collegium Novum Zürich regularly plays in Switzerland as well as abroad and gives guest performances at renowned Festivals such as the Ultraschall Berlin, Berlin Festival – MarchMusic, Ars Musica Brussels, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Schwetzing Festival, Vienna modern, Wittener Days for New Chamber Music, Warsaw Autumn and Days for New Music Zurich.

Brian Archinal (percussion)
Matthias Arter (oboe)
Gary Berger (electronics / tape)
Jens Bracher (trumpet)
Rahel Cunz (violin)
Olivier Darbellay (horn)
Kevin Fairbairn (trombone)
Imke Frank (violoncello)
Tomás Gallart (horn)
Gilles Grimaître (piano)
Patrick Jüdt (viola)
Fabio Marano (viola)
Julien Mégroz (percussion)
Stephen Menotti (trombone)
Ernesto Molinari (bassclarinet / contrabassclarinet)
Heinrich Mätzener (clarinet)
Johannes Nied (double-bass)
Sarah Ouakrat (flute)
Miguel Ángel Pérez Domingo (bassoon / contrabassoon)
Susanne Peters (flute)
Manon Pierrehumbert (harp)
Jörg Schneider (trumpet)
Martina Schucan (violoncello)
Mateusz Szczepkowski (violin)
Urs Walker (violin)
Stefan Wirth (piano)

Luciano Berio: Naturale
Willy Burkhard: Serenade, op. 77 for eight instruments (fl.cl.bn/hn/hp/vn.va.db)
Christoph Delz: 2 Nocturnes, op. 11 for piano and orchestra (2(2pic).2(2ca).2.2/ a simple score for wind), string quartet)
Hanns Eisler: Tagebuch, op. 9
Hanns Eisler: Duo, op. 7 für Violine und Violoncello
Hanns Eisler: Vierzehn Arten den Regen zu beschreiben, op. 70
Giuseppe G. Englert: Ecorces for 5 instruments (cl, tsx, hn, vn, vc)
Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel
Morton Feldman: For John Cage
Morton Feldman: Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello
Roberto Gerhard: Libra
Gérard Grisey: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil für Sopran und 15 Instrumente
Gérard Grisey: Vortex temporum
Gérard Grisey: Périodes
Rico Gubler: 1. Suite für Viktor for clarinet, saxophone, violin, violoncello and piano
Rico Gubler: 2. Suite für Viktor for clarinet, saxophone, violin, violoncello, and piano
Rico Gubler: 3. Suite für Viktor for clarinet, saxophone, violin, violoncello and piano
Rico Gubler: 4. Suite für Viktor for clarinet, saxophone, violin, violoncello and piano
Georg Friedrich Haas: Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich... for percussion and ensemble (
Hans Werner Henze: Voices, a Collection of Songs for two vocalists and instrumental groups
Heinz Holliger: Scardanelli-Zyklus for solo flute, small orchestra (2(2afl, pic), 2(1obdam, 2ca).2(2bcl).2/2.2tpt-c.1.0/3perc/hp/, tape and mixed choir
Heinz Holliger: Puneigä for soprano, flute, clarinet, horn, viola, violoncello and percussion (with cimbalum)
Heinz Holliger: 3 Liebeslieder for alto and orchestra (2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/
Heinz Holliger: Glühende Rätsel for an alto voice and ten instrumentalists (fl, bcl(cbcl), va, cimb, cel, hp, 5 perc)
Klaus Huber: Kammerkonzert ("Intarsi") for piano and instrumental ensemble (1.1.1.bcl.1/
Klaus Huber: Die Erde bewegt sich auf den Hörnern eines Ochsen for 4 Arabian and 2 European musicians and electronic tape
Klaus Huber: ...à l'âme de marcher sur ses pieds de soie... for violoncello solo, baritone solo, countertenor and nine instrumentalists (man/mandola, gtr, hp, acc, 2perc, vdg, db)
Leos Janácek: Tagebuch eines Verschollenen
Leos Janácek: Concertino
Michael Jarrell: Music for a While for ensemble (fl, cl, sx, hn, tpt, tbn, 2perc, pf/cel, 2v, 2va, vc, db)
Michael Jarrell: Cassandre / Kassandra for female actress, instrumental ensemble and electronics (1.1.1.bcl,1/ (1 player))
Hanspeter Kyburz: Cells for saxophone (satbar) and ensemble (1,1,1,0/
Mischa Käser: dupuy tren for 3-6 recorders
Mischa Käser: Music to Alexander for soprano and instrumental ensemble (flute/melodica, clarinet, piano/melodica, accordion, mandolin, violin/viola, violoncello)
Mischa Käser: Nebul for flute, clarinet, trombone and string trio
Mischa Käser: 5 Pieces for clarinet and violoncello
Mischa Käser: two carpets for soprano and vocalist, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and double-bass
Roland Moser: Oszillation und Figur aus den Ritterfragmenten für Kammerensemble
Isabel Mundry: Sandschleifen for violin, viola, violoncello, percussion and piano
Tristan Murail: La barque mystique
Tristan Murail: L'esprit des dunes
Christoph Neidhöfer: Quasi solo for soprano, basset horn, violoncello and percussion
Olga Neuwirth: torsion: transparent variation für Fagott und Ensemble
Erik Oña: Abacus for voice and percussion
Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini: Kassiopeia for ensemble (fl, hn, cbtba, hp, pf, perc, vn, vc, db)
Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini: Im traum hab ich mit dir geredet . göttin . Kypris for female voice and four instrumentalists (cl(bcl), pf, perc, vc)
Giacinto Scelsi: Kya
Erich Schmid: Suite, op. 2 for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra (
Erich Schmid: Notturno, op. 10 for oboe, bass clarinet, violin and violoncello
Annette Schmucki: Die sprunghafte Erweiterung des Wortschatzes
Annette Schmucki: arbeiten/verlieren, die wörter
Annette Schmucki: hagel und haut for two violoncelli and large ensemble
Annette Schmucki: konsonantse for voice, piccolo, bass clarinet, violin, violoncello and large drum
Othmar Schoeck: Gaselen, op. 38 for baritone with flute, oboe, bass clarinet, trumpet, percussion and piano
Othmar Schoeck: Wandersprüche, op. 42 for tenor or soprano voice and piano with clarinet, horn and percussion (timp, glock, cym, tam, tri, bells)
Arnold Schonberg: Lieder, op. 6
Werner Schulze: Kalkül. Musiktheater in 2 Akten
Arnold Schönberg: Brettl-Lieder (1901)
Arnold Schönberg: Serenade, op. 24
Nikos Skalkottas: Andante sostenuto für Klavier, 10 Blasinstrumente und Schlagzeug
Nikos Skalkottas: Oktett für Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott und Streichquartett
Bettina Skrzypczak: Vier Figuren for ensemble ( in three groups
Peter Streiff: Hors d'oeuvre for four or more players
Nadir Vassena: Four Macabre Dances for guitar and ensemble (rec.1.1.0/
Nadir Vassena: 5 nodi grotteschi e crudeli for accordion and ensemble
Sándor Veress: Introduzione e Coda for clarinet, violin and violoncello
Sándor Veress: Orbis Tonorum for chamber ensemble
Anton Webern: Konzert, op. 24
De-Qing Wen: Spring, River and Flowers on a Moonlit Night for pipa (Chinese lute) and chamber orchestra (
Jacques Wildberger: Elegy for soprano and chamber ensemble (clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, percussion and string quintet)
Jacques Wildberger: Commiato for string quartet
Jacques Wildberger: Kammerkonzert for string instruments and synthesizer (harpsichord, concert piano with three pedals, pianoforte, each set a sixteenth-tone apart, synthesizer Yamaha SY 99 programmed to sixteenth-tone, two violoncelli and two double-bass)
Jürg Wyttenbach: Divisions for piano and nine solo strings (
Jürg Wyttenbach: On cheating the Fiddler for sa singing violinist
Iannis Xenakis: Phlegra
Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest
Iannis Xenakis: Waarg
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Un petit rien
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Das Gelb und das Grün
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Omnia tempus habent
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Metamorphose
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Présence
Gérard Zinsstag: Tempor for flute, clarinet, piano and string trio
Gérard Zinsstag: Quatre mouvements für 15 Instrumente
Grammont Sélection 8 (MGB CTS-M Nr. 147, 2014)
Keller, Max E.
Collegium Novum Zürich
Ensemble Vortex
Sinfonie Orchester Biel
Ensemble InterContemporain
Ensemble La Sestina
Sinfonieorchester Münster
Trio Aventure
Ensemble Contemporain de l HEMU
Schneider, Urs Peter: Amen I bis IIII (2013)
Keller, Max E.: wachsen und welken (2014)
Ammann, Dieter: Le réseau des reprises (2013-2014)
With more works of: Sabella, Eizirik, Ubaldini, Jarrell, Cordero, Mettraux und Menod
Porträt Mischa Käser (Grammont Nr. MGB CTS-M 93, 2005)
Käser, Mischa
Meier, Hans-Jürg
Omlin, Christina
Collegium Novum Zürich
Käser, Mischa: 5 stücke (1985-1991)
Käser, Mischa: musik zu Alexander (1993-1994)
Käser, Mischa: dupuy tren (1991)
Käser, Mischa: nebul (2000)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Kübler, Susanne: Vorwärts in die Vergangenheit. Wo steht das Collegium Novum Zürich heute?, in: Dissonanz 119 (2012), S. 32-35 [Internet]
vogel, Peter: Die alte Leier - oder: Wann ist Musik eigentlich neu?, in: NZZ am Sonntag (19.01.2003) (2003), S. 49

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