Known for its innovative programming and unique arrangements of classical repertoire, montréal string ensemble collectif9 performs ‘with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention’ (The WholeNote).
Since its 2011 debut, collectif9 has performed numerous concerts across north America, Europe, and Asia. As performers of classical and contemporary music, the ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the agility of a chamber ensemble. collectif9 operates on the premise that a change of context can influence communication and experience.
collectif9 presents several new productions every season in Montréal, Canada, and its national and international touring schedule includes performances in chamber music series, festivals and universities, among others. Highlights include concerts in the Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico), Festival de Lanaudière (Québec), Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), and Sound Unbound (Barbican Centre, London). The ensemble continues to explore new repertoire and new artistic partnerships with composers, video artists, poets, lighting designers, and other inspired collaborators, creating multi-disciplinary projects and working within the worlds of both acoustic and amplified sound.
The group has released three albums, including No Time for Chamber Music (music by and inspired by Mahler), and has produced a series of film-concerts (performances recorded with a cinematographic approach) with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.
‘collectif9 takes the future of classical music by the hand, giving it a serious rejuvenation’ (ici musique).