For almost 25 years now, the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain-NEC has explored Swiss and international scenes with the sole mission of sharing their curiosity and their commitment to contemporary music. From their birthplace of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland in the canton of Neuchâtel, the musicians of the ensemble work tirelessly to keep alive the classical music of our time and do not hesitate to pack their bags to communicate their passion beyond borders, in France, the British Isles, Eastern Europe and China.
Each year, the NEC commissions and performs new works, which enrich its repertoire and add to the masterpieces of the modern and contemporary repertoire. The ensemble also collaborates on many projects combining music, dance, theater, literature, photography, cinema, video and plastic arts and never hesitates to break the boundaries of music genres by collaborating with musicians of all horizons, from baroque to modern electronica, through folk music.
Shows for young audiences, regular training and mediation activities with young instrumentalists and composers, as well as public awareness campaigns, reflect his constant commitment to the service of musical transmission.
Renowned for its joie de vivre, its dedication, its hard working members and its cordial atmosphere, the NEC was fortunate to share the stage with such soloists as Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Rahel Cunz, Andrew Watts, Sarah Maria Sun, Maria Riccarda Wesseling, Daniel Gloger, Patrick Demenga, Jeannine Hirzel, Kornelia Bruggmann, Eva Nievergelt or Otto Katzameier as well as playing under the batons of chef from all countries: Pierre Bartholomée, Heinrich Schiff, Clement Power, Elena Schwarz, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Jürg Wyttenbach or Lennart Dohms, without forgetting obviously Pierre-Alain Monot, principal conductor and artistic director from 1995 to 2016.
The ensemble had the honor of collaborating closely with the composers such as Rebecca Saunders, Georges Aperghis, Mauro Lanza, Henri Pousseur, Pierre Bartholomew, Rudolf Kelterborn, Jean-Luc Darbellay, Stefan Prins, Salvatore Sciarrino, Luc Ferrari, Jacques Demierre, Thomas Kessler, Oscar Bianchi and many others of all generations and all ages.
The NEC is always present at major events in Swiss contemporary music, having often been the guest of the festivals Jardins Musicaux, Archipel, Antigel, SMC Lausanne, Gare du Nord and of course Les Amplitudes, festival of which it is a member founder.
The recordings of the ensemble can be found at Gallo, Claves, Grammont and Neos.