About ICE

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
America’s foremost new-music group” - Alex Ross
bracing, illuminating, reassuring” - Financial Times
the new gold standard for new music” - The New Yorker
extraordinary” - New York Times

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

ICE has received the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and was also named Musical America Worldwide’s Ensemble of the Year 2014. The group currently serves as artists in residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE has been featured at the Ojai Music Festival since 2015, and has appeared at festivals abroad such as Acht Brücken Cologne and Musica nova Helsinki. Other recent performance stages include the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers admission-free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and online through DigitICE, the ensemble’s streaming video library. OpenICE allows a working process with composers to enfold in public settings, and audiences are included in the spark of musical invention. ICE's First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side education project, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together. Inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People's Music School (Chicago). Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE. 

Read more at iceorg.org.


Claire Chase, Founder*
Vanessa Rose, Executive Director
Joshua Rubin, Co-Artistic Director*
Ross Karre, Co-Artistic Director and Director of digitICE.org*
Ryan Muncy, Director of Institutional Giving and Co-Director, OpenICE*
Rebekah Heller, Director of First Page and Events*
Jacob Greenberg, Director of Recordings and Digital Outreach*
Alice Teyssier, Artistic Operations Associate and Co-Director, OpenICE*
Meredith Morgan, Director of Operations
Maciej Lewandowski, Production and Operations Manager
Levy Lorenzo, Engineer and Technical Director*

* ICE musician


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