Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME)
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) was founded in March, 1990, by composer Yuri Kasparov (artistic director) under patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The aim of the Ensembles creative activities is to broadly promote Russian 20th and 21st centuries music abroad and contemporary Western music in this country. This is Russias leading ensemble of soloists, specializing in performing music of the 20th and 21st centuries. It includes the best Russian soloists – virtuosos.
The MCMEs repertoire is very large. It can boast of over 500 world and Russian premiers it has given over the period of the years of its activities. Russian vanguard music of the 1920s-1930s holds a place of its own in the Ensembles concert activities, along with works of composers of the former USSR, representing to the so-called galaxy of the sixties. Russias first recitals of Nicolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov are linked with the name of the Ensemble, with their programs featuring both the composers well-known works and the ones never performed before. The recitals of composers Alfred Schnitke and Edison Denisov, the leading composers of the last third of the outgoing century, included, along with conceptual works, also suites from movies and music to dramatic productions. Invariably characteristic of the Ensemble is the striving for adequate portrayal of composers music. In this context MCME portrayed for the first time in Russia the 20th century classics Edgar Varese, Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Theo Loevendie, Gyorgy Kurtag, Michele Jarrell, etc. The Ensemble also acquaints on a regular basis broad audiences with the latest tendencies in contemporary music by featuring music of composers of France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Spain, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey and other countries.
MCME has recorded about 40 CDs for the leading world sound-recording companies having extensive distribution facilities. Among them are Olympia (England), Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan), Donemus (the Netherlands) and other companies.
MCME regularly gives concerts at the best concert stages of Moscow as well as tours in Russia (65 cities). With invariable success the MCME has participated in many international music festivals in Armenia, Austria, Belorussia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Each season MCME performs more than 50 concerts in Russia and abroad. The special place in repertoire is devoted music of young Russian and foreign composers. The ensemble also takes active part in the international multimedia and theatrical projects. In 2009 MCME became the Laureate of the Award ACTION in support of theatrical initiatives.