There is a huge and ever increasing rift in the classical repertoire between the world of contemporary music with its premiere hype and the established world of classical music, which deals primarily with the music of a list of composers ranging from Bach to Stravinsky. The Mondrian Ensemble has spent the past 12 years concentrating on the exploration of this rift, while additionally attempting to highlight historical connections. The focus on new and contemporary music is thus for the Mondrian Ensemble as important as the focus on the classical/romantic repertoire. The ensemble enjoys experimenting with interconnections that only become clear on closer inspection e.g. Liszt's late works and drone-improvisation, or the dealing with time in the works of Franz Schubert and Morton Feldman.
In 2000, shortly after its founding, the Mondrian Ensemble won the "Concours Nicati - Concours d'interpretation de musique contemporaine". This was followed by debuts at the Tonhalle Zurich (2003), the Lucerne Festival (2005), the Musikverein Wien (2006) and London's Wigmore Hall (2007), as well as numerous performances at festivals and several tours.
Many composers have written works especially for the Mondrian Ensemble, which the ensemble continues to keep in its repertoire long after the work has been premiered - several such composers are Dieter Ammann (whose string trio "Gehörte Form – Hommages" has been performed by the ensemble on more than 40 separate occasions), Rudolf Kelterborn, Roland Moser, Felix Profos, Michel Roth and the ensemble's own cello player Martin Jaggi. 2013 will see the ensemble perform premieres of works by Jürg Frey and Wanja Aloe.
Grammont Portrait published a CD portrait of the Mondrian Ensemble in 2004. In 2010 they contributed several recordings to the CD portrait of Dieter Ammann, and in 2007 to the one of Felix Profos. In 2013 the Mondrians will perform works by Detlev Müller-Siemens for WERGO. This will be followed by the release of a CD in 2014 containing works by Michel Roth, Rudolf Kelterborn and Roland Moser.
The Mondrian Ensemble won the City of Zurich's sponsorship award in 2011.
Petra Ackermann (Viola)
Martin Jaggi (Violoncello)
Tamriko Kordzaia (Klavier)
Daniela Müller (Violine)