Atlas Academy has been renamed to Atlas Lab

The Atlas Lab will take place at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam between 27 August and 5 September 2016. The Atlas Lab is an international meeting place for composers and musicians from all over the world. Devoted to the development of new intercultural music the Atlas Lab offers a wide range of presentations, demonstrations, lectures, composers practical workshops on Asian instruments and seminars about eastern musical cultures and composing for intercultural instrumental combinations. More >

detailed schedule.pdf (version August 24) >


Atlas Ensemble - Nomads
Fri 28 October 2016 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale >
Sun 30 October 2016 Groningen Soundsofmusic
Sat 5 November 2016 Den Bosch November Music >

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Atlas Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor

Joël Bons Nomads (première)

The Atlas Ensemble and renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will perform the brand new programme Nomads. In this work, composed and curated by Joël Bons, the cellist will enter into dialogues with instruments from different cultures. Queyras meets musicians like the Indian sarangi master Dhruba Ghosh, Turkish Neva Özgen on kemençe, Azerbaijani kamancha virtuoso Elshan Mansurov, the Persian setar player Kiya Tabassian, Chinese sheng phenomenon Wu Wei and the Japanese shō magician Naomi Sato. Thus, a continuous stream of one hour of music conducted by Ed Spanjaard will form a richly varied mosaic.

The Atlas Ensemble is a unique chamber orchestra uniting brilliant musicians from China, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The ensemble brings together instruments from various cultures which, whilst originating from the same ancestor, have travelled and developed over the course of centuries. Thus, a wide variety of instruments came into being. By uniting these descendants and combining their timbres, beautiful and previously unheard blends are obtained. This concept embodies the essence of the Atlas Ensemble. The repertoire consists of newly written works. More >

past events

Atlas Festival 6 and 7 September 2014 >
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam

In its 2014 festival the Atlas Ensemble welcomed, amongst others, the Indian master of the sarangi Dhruba Ghosh, and the world-famous Armenian duduk-player Gevorg Dabaghian.

The 48-hours experience of music without boundaries, offered a combination of traditional and brand-new music. Meetings between musicians from different cultures rendered unheard new experiences: Indian raga principles, ecstatic playing from the Caucasus, quiet Japanese sounds and thrilling Chinese virtuosity stood alongside Western composition techniques in pieces that were specifically written for the ensemble.
Programme & website >

Atlas Composition Competition announcement of results >
The international jury has selected 
a) 4 works for performance at the Atlas Festival
b) 5 works for the Atlas Academy reading sessions
c) 5 pieces to receive an honourable mention.
rules > and results >

Atlas Academy 20 – 31 August 2014 >
Conservatorium van Amsterdam

From 20 to 31 August 2014 the Atlas Ensemble organized the fifth edition of the Atlas Academy at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The Atlas Academy is a laboratory for the creation of innovative intercultural music.

Composers and musicians applied to develop a piece or experiment during the two weeks, working closely with musicians from all over the world in individual or group sessions.
More information >

Atlas Ensemble in Concert – No Fear
Thursday 19 December 2013 Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam 20.15 Donderdagavondserie >
in collaboration with the conservatories of Beijing and Amsterdam

Atlas Ensemble
Artjom Kim conductor
Dhruba Ghosh sarangi
Elchin Nagijev tar
Naomi Sato sho
Bassem Alkhouri qanun
and soloists Beijing on sheng, pipa, zheng and erhu 

Artjom Kim Spiral  
Carolina Cerezo Dávila No Fear 
Manuel Sánchez García The Constant: out of a bell pattern
Amit Gur Forest Tale  
Brechtje van Dijk Korstmos 
Stefano Pierini Visions
Joël Bons Cadenzas with Dhruba Ghosh sarangi soloist
and instrumentalists from China, India, Azerbaidjan perform solo works