Formed in 2010, Ensemble Matisse has established itself on the London contemporary music scene as the leader in a new generation of creative artists championing new music. The ensemble is recognised for the vibrancy and precision it brings to all its performances and for the innovative and imaginative nature of its programming. Ensemble Matisse have been selected for the prestigious Park Lane Group Young Artists series for 2014. The group recently appeared as part of Park Lane’s new year’s programme at London’s Southbank Centre performing Cristobal Halffter’s Triada (1+2=3) in the presence of the composer “…which received a brilliant first British performance from Ensemble Matisse.”(John Allison, Telegraph.)

    The ensemble, a collective of experienced and passionate chamber musicians, takes the form of a flexible entity that can morph into any combination from solo to quartet to large ensemble and who embrace collaborative work with electronic performers, dancers, theatre makers, visual artists, narrators, animators etc. Alongside a special interest in promoting the music of emerging composers, Ensemble Matisse is known for its versatility. Performing works from the Renaissance through to music of the present day the ensemble's programming is not inhibited by convention. The musicians are just as comfortable improvising live in concert as they are when performing the core chamber music repertoire and they prioritise direct and honest communication with their audience, breaking down the barrier between the performer and the listener.

    The ensemble has given many high profile performances including at London’s Purcell Room and Kings Place, Colston Hall Bristol, Fairfield Halls Croydon, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and for Radio 3 from the BBC Proms in a composer portrait of Kevin Volans. The ensemble loves to take its music out of the concert hall to a different audience and, with this in mind, performs in unusual settings such as club nights for NonClassical label and the Macbeth in Hoxton. In 2013 the group was awarded funding by Arts Council England for its highly successful collaborative commission project Extinct Birds -a new work written for the ensemble by David Holyoake, which the ensemble premiered in October.

   Plans for the 2014 season include performances at St. James’s Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square, Chichester University and as part of the Forge Camden’s new contemporary music series ‘Wednesdays at The Forge‘. The group will also perform in Belgium and Paris and will appear as the featured ensemble for New Dots in a concert of four world premiere works written for Ensemble Matisse in a collaboration between the ensemble, up and coming composers and four film makers. Commission plans include works for the ensemble written by acclaimed dutch composer Jan Vriend and Laurie Bamon.