The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by The New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced.
With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions, the bulk of them by emerging composers, in venues ranging from the traditional concert halls to galleries, bars, schools and public spaces around the world. The ensemble received the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award in 2010 for its unique contributions to the field, and received the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming in 2005 and 2010. The ICE musicians have served as Artists-in-Residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival since 2011, curating chamber music programs and performing concerts that juxtapose new and old music. The ensemble is also in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through 2013, curating new-music programs that reimagine concert spaces throughout the museum.