After 33 years as a clarinettist member of Ensemble Modern, many of those years as one of the board of managers of its democratically organised operating company, and almost ten highly successful years as its main managing director, Roland Diry will resign from the Frankfurt am Main-based Ensemble Modern at the end of the year, having influenced its appearance and activities decisively during his tenure in various positions and functions throughout that period. During times marked by precarious financial resources and structural changes to the music industry as a whole, Roland Diry managed not only to secure the positioning of Ensemble Modern at the top of the world’s best contemporary music ensembles, but also to strengthen this position – thanks to his many years of experience as a practicing musician and a versatile music manager.

The initiator of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Roland Diry was one of the motors for its development and the establishment of the related Master’s Degree Course in Contemporary Music, offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt am Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts. The Ensemble’s own label, Ensemble Modern Media, also goes back to his initiative, creativity and energy. All these activities have done much to strengthen and broaden the sustainable foundation upon which the Ensemble Modern has risen to its current leading role. He managed to make Ensemble Modern visible as a major protagonist of contemporary art – not only in music, but also in the political arena, on the communal, state and federal level. Thus, shortly after its own founding, the German Federal Cultural Foundation named Ensemble Modern one of its “beacons of art and culture” – next to institutions such as the “documenta” – and provided EM with regular financial support. Thanks to Roland Diry’s plentiful contacts among music presenters, festivals and media partners as well as his friendships and cooperation with the world’s most important composers and contemporary musicians, Ensemble Modern was able to become the leading ensemble for world premieres, celebrated to an extraordinary degree in the world’s major concert halls and music centres. In numerous projects, Roland Diry succeeded in building bridges to other cultures, e.g. the country featured in this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, Indonesia, and to other artistic genres such as dance, literature, video art and especially musical theatre. Here, his contribution was to ensure that Ensemble Modern was able to act as co-producer for new productions, so that these productions could be shown all over the world in the future. One outstanding feature of the Ensemble’s activities is the founding of the biennial “cresc...”, which bears his mark in all its important elements and was only possible thanks to his activities and his indefatigable work and energy. In Roland Diry, Ensemble Modern loses a musician and manager who, as its main managing director, successfully dedicated much of his focus to economic responsibilities in the areas of project development, organisation and logistics, management, finances, personnel leadership and representation. He managed to stabilise the Ensemble’s economic framework conditions with a view to a sustainable future. Roland Diry will remain a friend and partner to the Ensemble Modern.

Starting with the year 2016, Christian Fausch will take on the position of artistic manager and managing director of Ensemble Modern as well as the executive management of the German Ensemble Academy e.V. Ensemble Modern’s board spokesman, Dietmar Wiesner, said: “As the former artistic director and managing director of Collegium Novum Zürich and the current managing director of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Christian Fausch is the ideal candidate to lead Ensemble Modern into a successful future, based on the past 35 years.” In addition to his positions at Ensemble Modern and the German Ensemble Academy, Christian Fausch will continue as managing director of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Dr. Tilo Gerlach, President of the German Ensemble Academy e.V., commented: “I am glad that Christian Fausch, who is highly familiar with the work of the German Ensemble Academy e.V. due to his work at the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, will take on this responsibility. I wish to give Roland Diry my heartfelt thanks for his outstanding work during economically difficult times. His achievements cannot be overestimated.” Christian Fausch looks forward to this expanded challenge: “The world of New Music has changed – radically, in some ways – since the founding of Ensemble Modern. Doing justice to this fact, and strengthening the innovative power of the Ensemble within the music market together with the musicians – those are fascinating challenges. My position at the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie also opens attractive perspectives from which both ensembles should profit.” Despite sharing a managing director, the two institutions remain entirely independent in legal and economic terms. However, the constellation offers opportunities for Ensemble Modern and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, especially with regard to a higher-profile positioning and marketing as well as more effective networking in the realms of politics, business and culture. The proximity also paves the way for possible cooperation projects in the future.