Better Know an Ensemble

Get to Know an International Bouquet of Ensembles Devoted to Contemporary Classical Music

In our global new-music community, New York City is a recognized champion of the frontier, a place where musicians and composers collaborate to bring new musical ideas to life. But it doesn't stop here. Better Know An Ensemble is Q2 Music's attempt to share dynamic ensembles premiering new-music outside of our local and national borders.

This web feature examines how groups have gotten started, what they’re working on and the goals they envision for themselves in the near future. It’s new music in new places. Better Know An Ensemble brings you in-depth, multimedia portraits with leading and emerging, cutting-edge ensembles from across the globe.

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