›contempo primo‹ is the name of a training programme for contemporary ensemble playing first organised jointly in 2010 by the Ensemble Modern, the Siemens Foundation and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Its aim is to create the first ensemble for contemporary music in China, providing an unprecedented path for the emergence and consolidation of ensemble music in China.
In various working phases, highly talented instrumentalists from China work with Ensemble Modern musicians to produce a full-length programme of music from the 20th and 21st century. A special feature is the incorporation of traditional Chinese instruments into the ensemble.
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