A leading Canadian chamber orchestra, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) has premiered more than 260 works since its founding in 1987, including three operas and a majority of works for large ensembles. As an extension of its commitment to musical creation, the ECM+ regularly integrates new works into major multidisciplinary musical events that have garnered critical acclaim: “...a high-art experience, rich in content, meticulously constructed, and sophisticated” (Wolfgang’s Tonic, 2015).
Its national Generation composition competition, which has showcased and recognized the brightest young stars of Canadian musical creation since 1994, culminates every two years in a major tour of about ten concerts that launch the careers of four selected composers across the country.
Renowned for her flair and audacity, founding artistic director Véronique Lacroix communicates her passion through daring performances, painting “a portrait of an effervescent landscape in perpetual mutation.” (La Scena Musicale, 2018). In residence at the Conservatoire de Montréal since 1998, the ECM+ has released 11 CDs, two of which are dedicated to composer Ana Sokolović, and its concerts are frequently broadcast on Radio-Canada. The ECM+ regularly participates in international festivals, including Cervantino (Mexico), Montreal/New Music (MNM), the Ottawa Chamberfest and ISCM World New Music Days, and more recently the Ars Musica festival in Belgium.