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Ensemble KNM Berlin, founded in 1988 by Juliane Klein, Thomas Bruns and other students at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, is now formed by ten music personalities from Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. Since its foundation, the ensemble has produced more than a thousand concerts in Europe, North and South America and Asia.
In 2004, KNM's musicians decided to play music in smaller formations too, resulting in KNM's string quartet, which over the past few years has compiled an exceptional and unusual repertoire. In addition to Georg Friedrich Haas’ full-length “In iij. noct.”, the musicians have also studied Beat Furrer’s fifty-minute String Quartet No. 3 .The CD recording of this work won the German Record Critics’ Prize.
Quartets by Helmut Lachenmann, Alvin Lucier, Giacinto Scelsi, Marco Stroppa and Ivan Wyschnegradsky have also been included in their repertoire. Their collaboration with Hugues Dufourt eventually led to the much-admired performance of his second string quartet “Uneasiness” in 2012.
Their rehearsal schedule currently includes Arnold Schönberg’s last string quartet No. 4, composed in 1936.