Founded in 1983 by prominent musicians Matthias Kaul (percussion), Astrid Schmeling (flute), and Michael Schröder (guitar), L´Art pour L´Art is a German ensemble specialising in contemporary classical music. They engage with performance in varied formats and settings.
Their regular roster includes a fixed list of twelve musicians brought together according to the requirements of different projects. Their range of projects is wide and has included concerts, musical theatre, workshops, installations, outdoor projects, large-scale performances, and pedagogical approaches.
L´Art pour L´Art frequently collaborates with composers, and their work has led to the development of new techniques in sound and performance. The long list of composers L´Art pour L´Art has worked with includes names such as: Vinko Globokar,Hans Werner Henze, Nicolaus A. Huber, Mauricio Kagel, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Jô Kondô, Frederic Rzewski, Matthias Spahlinger, Isang Yun, and John Zorn.
Ensemble L´Art pour L´Art has been headquartered in Lower Saxony since 1997.