Ensemble Resilience

Ensemble Resilience is a collective of four eclectic musicians who distinguished themselves in the 21st Century repertoire and two composers specialised in sound designing. It is an innovative formation that aims to bring a new concept of sound to the contemporary art music world. Its uniqueness is due to the synergy of three of the most elegant and expressive acoustic instruments, violin, clarinet and piano, and new MPE controllers and augmented instruments built in-house.

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In 2023, we have commissioned composers Mads Emil Dreyer (Denmark), Boris Bezemer (The Netherlands) to write for our formation. Their new creations have been premiered at Festival Dag in de Branding, The Hague, in March 2023.

Rubens Askenar (Spain/UK) has composed an ambitious ‘concerto grosso’ that will see Ensemble Resilience as group soloists performing with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in May 2023.

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Improvised composition interface Askenar/Resilience
Improvised composition interface Askenar/Resilience


Ensemble Resilience and London-based composer Rubens Askenar are excited to present the Improvised Composition project. Multiple composers can feed musical parameters to the musicians in real time. The musicians interpret virtual scores made of graphic and traditional notation that are constantly manipulated by the composers. This project offers a fresh perspective on the compositional process and the interaction between interpreters and composers. The purpose-built interface by Rubens Askenar allows disparate levels of complexity, making the act of composing accessible to everyone.

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In collaboration with Gaudeamus, Ensemble Resilience opened a call for collaborations in 2022. From the 50+ received applications, we had selected five composers who have been commissioned new works.

During Gaudeamus, September 2022, we have premiered new pieces by Utku Asuroglu, Javier Muñoz BravoYang Song, Francisco Uberto, and Bertrand Wee.


In June 14-21, 2021, Ensemble Resilience held a virtual residency for the Department of Music of Stanford University (California). Six doctoral students of Stanford’s composition course rehearsed new pieces remotely. The pieces have been video-recorded at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, and premiered in a live concert at Splendor, Amsterdam, on June 21. Music by Clara Allison, Engin Daglik, Hassan Estakhrian, Seán ó Dálaigh and Julie Zhu.