The International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) was founded in 2003 as Ensemble Modern’s training centre, pursuing the goals of educating musicians and audiences about contemporary repertoire and identifying new forms of artistic and creative work today. The education and further education formats developed with various partners have very different target groups. Starting in 2022, IEMA, in cooperation with Ensemble Modern and the Aventis Foundation, initiated a new mentoring programme, the International Composer and Conductor Seminars (ICCS). Furthermore, IEMA considers itself a platform for various formats of discourse. Thus, in 2018 it initiated the Meersburg Concert Conversations together with Hans Zender and the City of Meersburg, a format featuring public rehearsals, lectures and concerts. From 2021 onwards a new master class, the Hans Zender Academy, completes these offerings. In November 2019 IEMA hosted a symposium on developments in the current-music ensemble scene. Another symposium is being planned for 2022.
The main focus, however, is on the one-year Master’s programme, offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt am Main Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, and supported by Kunststiftung NRW, the GVL and other sponsors. Here instrumentalists, conductors, sound directors and composers work with members of Ensemble Modern and renowned composer and conductor personalities on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Among others, faculty has included Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Mark Andre, Lucia Ronchetti, Stefan Prins, Sebastian Hilli, Lucas Vis, Stefan Asbury and Jonathan Stockhammer. The results of this work are presented by the IEMA Ensemble of the current year in 20 concerts per year, performed in Germany and abroad.
In addition to concerts in Frankfurt and the participation in the festival cresc... Biennale für aktuelle Musik Frankfurt RheinMain 2022, concerts of the IEMA Ensemble 2021/22 have been planned at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, within the framework of the Ulysses Network, at the festival ManiFeste in Paris, the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari/Finnland and the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht.