Founded in 1980, the Ensemble Contrechamps aims to perform the 20th and 21st century repertory and to support the current creation. It is responsible for a season in Geneva including conducted concerts, concerts of chamber music, activities intended for all public, children, pupils, adults, passionate people as well as neophytes. Its formation can be extended to about 25 musicians according to the performed works. The Ensemble Contrechamps recorded more than about twenty CDs. Brice Pauset is the Artistic Director of Ensemble Contrechamps since January 2013.
Privileged collaboration especially with the following composers: George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, Hugues Dufourt, Beat Furrer, Brian Ferneyhough, Stefano Gervasoni, Jonathan Harvey, Heinz Holliger, Michael Jarrell, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail, Brice Pauset, Mathias Pintscher, Rebecca Saunders...
With conductors such as: Stefan Asbury, Jean Deroyer, Jurjen Hempel, Jürg Henneberger, Peter Hirsch,
With many international soloists as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Teodoro Anzelotti, Luisa Castellani, Hedwig Fassbender, Isabelle Faust, Rosemary Hardy, Nicolas Hodges, Salomé Kammer, Robert Koller, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Christoph Prégardien, Yeree Suh, Kay Wessel,...
Invitation abroad for the following festivals: Musica (Strasbourg), Festival d’Automne in Paris, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemässer Musik, Voix nouvelles (Royaumont), Ars Musica (Bruxelles), Musicadhoy in Madrid, Witten, Salzburg Festival, Music Biennale in Venice, Wien-Modern, DeSingel (Anvers), Märzmusik Berlin, Tage für Neue Musik (Zürich), Lucerne Festival, etc.
In Geneva it collaborates regularly with Festival Archipel, the Centre de Musique Electroacoustique de la Haute Ecole de Musique, Eklekto, the Museum of Art and History, the Conservatoire populaire de musique, danse et théâtre, the Théâtre du Galpon and the Théâtre Am Stram Gram.
Contrechamps is supported by the City and the State of Geneva.