ensemble LUX: Louise Chisson, Thomas Wally, Nora Romanoff and Mara Achleitner

ensemble LUX is a string quartet based in Vienna, Austria which is primarily dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary chamber music. After the group’s formation in 2004, it quickly established a strong presence in the Austrian contemporary music scene. ensemble LUX has been praised for its “extraordinary virtuosity” (Bregenzer Festspiele), and its “capability and sincerity” (DrehpunktKultur Salzburg). Their performances of stylistically varied compositions, a number of which were composed specifically for the ensemble, have been called “simply excellent” (Austrian Music Journal) and of their performance at the Schauspielhaus Wien, the Wiener Zeitung writes: “(They) accompanied in clockwork precision”.


ensemble LUX has performed in venues such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Wien, the Arnold Schönberg Center and the Austrian National Library. Festival appearances include concerts at the Aspekte Festival Salzburg, Festival Orfeus in Bratislava, the Wiener Grabenfest, the Bregenzer Festspiele, Wien Modern and the Feldkirch Festival.


In 2009 the quartet made three appearances in England: at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, at the Clare College Chapel in Cambridge and in Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel. ensemble LUX was the Ensemble in Residence of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitge­nössische Musik (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music) from 2009–2011. In 2011, ensemble LUX performed in Berlin and also gave two concerts in cooperation with the “Forum Zeitgenössische Musik” in Leipzig.


ensemble LUX has recorded two CDs on the "SPEKTRAL Records" label, one of which with guest Russian Flutist Maria Fedotova. Another noteworthy cooperation took place in May 2011 when ensemble LUX performed the world premiere of “Avarus” by Thomas Heinisch with Swedish clarinetist Staffan Mårtensson.

During the 2011-2012 season, the quartet presented a cycle of four concerts as Ensemble in Residence at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Wien. ensemble LUX was the top recipient of “The New Austrian Sound of Music 2012/2013,” a stipend from the Austrian Foreign Ministry for travel on international concert tours. This lead to successful appearances in Seville, Spain and in Kraków, Poland.


During Wien Modern 2013, ensemble LUX played the premiere and 9 additional performances of “Das Märchen vom alten Mann”, a musical theatre production for children with music by Thomas Wally.


Violinist Louise Chisson and violist Nora Romanoff joined ensemble LUX in 2013.


In April 2014, ensemble LUX was chosen as one of four renowned quartets to participate in the Osterfestival Imago Dei at Klangraum Krems (Austria). Along with the Minetti Quartet, Koehne Quartet and Medici Quartet, they performed John Tavener’s “Towards Silence” for 4 string quartets.


During the 2014-2015 season at the Schauspielhaus Wien, ensemble LUX performed on stage in the highly-acclaimed show "Johnny Breitwieser. Eine Verbrecher-Ballade aus Wien" giving a total of 19 performances.


In 2016 the quartet performed at the 45th Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna in Poznan, Poland, and at the MusicOlomouc Festival in the Czech Republic. LUX made their North American debut at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York in November, 2016, followed by concerts in Montreal and Toronto.


In Spring 2018, ensemble LUX performed in Prague, Czech Republic to high acclaim at the St. Laurent Church. Lucia Maloveskà wrote on Opera Plus, ”The evening fulfilled everything one would expect from a high quality performance: many impressions, emotions and particularly new impulses. There still are not enough events during which one has an opportunity to listen to contemporary music on such a high level – all the more reason to value it. [...]The interpretation of [Thomas Wally’s la pureté et la envie blanche] by ensemble LUX was a vibrant sample of one thousand shades of refinement.”


ensemble LUX

Based in Vienna, Austria, ensemble LUX is a string quartet dedicated primarily to the performance and promotion of contemporary chamber music. The quartet’s repertoire spans the modern classics, the compositional milestones of the second half of the 20th century and the newest of compositions.

ensemble LUX

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