The existence of ensembles that dedicate themselves to new music is a historically critical element.– Alan Hankers, ENSEMBLE EDGE composer in residence
ENSEMBLE EDGE is a unique ensemble, not only because of their instrumentation, but also for their passion and commitment to the continued tradition of redefining what new music can be.
Without such ensembles, the world is deprived of the art that reacts to the world we currently live in.
ENSEMBLE EDGE (est. 2016) is the first Aarhus-based contemporary vocal ensemble entirely dedicated to the performance, exploration and development of new music for choir and strings.
By way of cross-genre collaborations, ranging from jazz musicians to electronic/multimedia/visual artists, ENSEMBLE EDGE is committed to projects that convey meaningful and eye-opening art and music that everyone can share, regardless of age, nationality, cultural or social background.
ENSEMBLE EDGE is a dynamic ensemble that changes form and character from one project to another – however the core of the ensemble is made up of a trio of Danish musicians:
Martha Marie Petri (artistic director, singer and cellist)
Mathias Skaarup Sørensen (conductor)
Andrea Krüger Holm (singer and producer)
Together, these young artists work on making new music accessible and interesting to a broader audience. They accomplish this by engaging with the best artists and composers from their mutual networks.
Read more about our artists HERE
In recent years, ENSEMBLE EDGE has built up a rewarding network and close friendship to composers in the US, where the performances of two new works for choirs and strings, written by the young New York-based composer Alan Hankers, have strengthened the identity and profile of the ensemble.
You can read more about our previous and ongoing projects and concert activities HERE
We call ourselves ENSEMBLE EDGE in honor of our two biggest inspirations:
The first is the image of a spectacular cliff called Preikestolen in Norway. Carved out of rock, this ancient EDGE is a testament to the sculptural power of nature. We select repertoire that explores these sorts of compelling themes.
Secondly, we are ENSEMBLE EDGE because we experiment at the cutting edge of music. We are dedicated contemporary musicians blending the complementary timbres of voice and strings in well-balanced polyphony.