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

ensemble LUX is a string quartet based in Vienna, Austria dedicated primarily to the performance and promotion of contemporary chamber music. After their formation in 2004, the group 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 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, the Wiener Grabenfest, the Bregenzer Festspiele, Wien Modern, the Feldkirch Festival and the Osterfestival Imago Dei at Klangraum Krems. ensemble LUX has performed internationally at the Forum Zeitgenössische Musik in Leipzig, the Jornadas de Música Contemporánea in Sevilla, the Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna in Poznan (Poland), the MusicOlomouc Festival in the (Czech Republic) as well as at the Théâtre Dunois in Paris, Berlin’s Forum Akazie 3 and at the Academy of Music in Cracow.


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


ensemble LUX was the Ensemble in Residence of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Musik (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music) for two seasons. The quartet presented a cycle of four concerts at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Wien as Ensemble in Residence. 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.


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 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.”


In 2020 ensemble LUX will return to the Arnold Schönberg Center and to the MusicOlomouc festival.

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