Platypus Ensemble, Foto © Igor Ripak
Platypus Ensemble, Foto © Igor Ripak


Genre(s): Contemporary Music
From: Vienna, Austria



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The Ensemble Platypus is a young and energetic formation in the field of contemporary music, which started originally as an initiative by young composers. The esnsemble represents the logical consequence and a natural development of the ideas and idealisms already propelling the work of the first duckbill.

These include the highest possible artistic and musical standards as well as a serious advocacy for aesthetic and programmatic pluralism, an effort towards accessibility and a general low-threshold policy in all concerts and other projects. In this respect, it also is the groups resolve to aim for and realise projects which transcend and question if not detonate conventions present in musical life today. Furthermore, the group lies an emphasis and focus on young and little-known composers, of which a rather large number of commissioned pieces, world-premieres and European premieres bears testimony. The equal representation and equal judgement of women and men, be it in decision-making, concert programmes or other artistic ventures, is another primary guideline of our work.

From this fertile soil grew a large number of cooperations and concerts with partners like Wien Modern, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Klangspuren Schwaz festival, the Forum Neue Musik Wallis, the Bienal do Música Hoje in Curitiba/Brasil, der IGNM/ISCM, der ÖGZM (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music), sirene operntheater, the Austrian Composer’s Federation (Österreichischer Komponistenbund) and the Austrian Label col legno; in addition to which the Ensemble realised concert series and international exchange projects of their own accord (Mexico 2009, Germany/Czech Republic/Great Britain 2011, Brasil 2011/2013, Argentina 2013, Japan 2014, Mexico 2015) and tied close connections with composers such as Bernhard Lang, Peter Ablinger, Georg Nussbaumer, Manuela Kerer, Tamara Friebel, Maria Gstättner, Matthias Kranebitter, Mirela Ivicevic […]).


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