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ensemble recherche Members
Members of the ensemble recherche:
Jean-Pierre Collot, Piano
Shizuyo Oka, Clarinet
Åsa Åkerberg, Cello

The ensemble recherche is one of the most distinguished ensembles for contemporary music. Since it was founded in 1985, it has given more than four hundred first performances and thus decisively promoted the development of contemporary chamber and ensemble music.

This nine-member soloist ensemble has gained a firm position on the international music scene through its own dramaturgical policy. In addition to its extensive concert programme, the ensemble recherche takes part in music theatre projects, radio broadcasts and film productions, gives courses for instrumentalists and composers and offers up-and-coming musicians insight into its rehearsal work.

Its repertoire starts with the late 19th century classics and extends from French Impressionism to the Second Viennese School and the Expressionists to the Darmstadt School, French Spectralism and the avant-garde experiments in contemporary music. A further field of interest of the ensemble recherche is a contemporary view of music prior to 1700. Almost 50 CDs testify to the enormous scope of this repertoire.

Together with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the ensemble recherche organises the annual Ensemble Akademie Freiburg, a forum for training professional musicians in ensemble playing in early and contemporary music and for encounters between both areas of music. The musicians in the ensemble recherche give courses at music academies and teach at the prestigious International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt.

The ensemble recherche is self-managed and organises its own concert series in its home town of Freiburg. (Translation: Pauline Cumbers)

Jean-Pierre Collot, piano

Jean-Pierre Collot, born in Metz, studied under Jean-Claude Pennetier, Christian Ivaldi and Jean Koerner at the CNSM in Paris finishing with three First Prizes in piano, chamber music and piano accompaniment; his focus is 20th century music with a particular interest in Stockhausen, Messiaen, Cage; soloist in Paris with the Ensemble Intercontemporain (1993-1999), TM+ and Ensemble Fa (member from 1994-2002); first performances of works by numerous composers (including Jean Luc Hervé and Brice Pauset); member of the ensemble recherche since September 2003.

Shizuyo Oka, clarinet

Shizuyo Oka studied clarinet under Michel Arrignon and bass clarinet under Jean-Noel Crocq at the CNSM in Paris and completed her studies with three First Prize awards for clarinet, bass clarinet and chamber music; won the Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome in 1992 and in Tokyo in 1995; member of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma since 2000; member of the ensemble recherche since 1998.

Åsa Åkerberg, cello

Åsa Åkerberg comes from Stockholm; studied under Frans Helmersson at the Sveriges Radios Musikinstitut, at the Hochschule der Künste and the Karajan Akademie in Berlin; she was solo cellist with the Stockholm opera house (1983-1989) and the Västeras Sinfonietta (as of 1995); she was a permanent member of the Kammarensemblen and the Stockholms Barockorkester, among others; cellist with the ensemble recherche since January 2006.