柏林新音樂室內樂團（Ensemble KNM Berlin）成立與1988年，由現任樂團經理Thomas Brun發起，邀集畢業自柏林國立艾斯勒音樂院的音樂家們，以柏林為據點，戮力展演當代作品，並透過各種創新製作，累積了十分多元且兼具廣度與深度的作品。Thomas Brun以開拓當代音樂新面貌的理念，每年策畫並推出各種主題的展演，近年更將觸角延伸至不同的領域與媒材。如與臺灣旅德編舞家孫尚琦於博物館裡的製作，便是對空間展演形式的探索之一。該團至今出版14張唱片，並於2010年榮獲德國唱片評論獎。
The Ensemble KNM Berlin is part of the lively contemporary music scene in Berlin. Founded in 1988 by Juliane Klein, Thomas Bruns, and other students at Berlin’s Hans Eisler Hochschule for Music, the ensemble today consists of 10 musicians from Germany, Great Britain, and Switzerland. The ensemble presents compositions, concert installations, and concert projects created in close cooperation with composers, authors, conductors, artists, and stage directors from around the world. The programs reflect a curiosity to explore the unknown and a willingness to confront the most pressing themes of our times.
Since its founding, the ensemble has performed in more than a thousand concerts.
KNM Berlin has earned an international reputation with repeated guest appearances at important music festivals such as the Donaueschingen Festival, “MaerzMusik” and “UltraSchall” in Berlin, “ars musica” in Brussels, “Festival d’Automne” in Paris, “Les Musiques” in Marseille, “musica Strasbourg”, “Scène d’Europe” in Reims, “Wiener Festwochen” and “Wien Modern” in Vienna, and “settembre musica” in Turin, as well as with its own productions such as “HouseMusik”, “space+place”, “KNM New Music Spa”, “Clang Cut Book”, “The Photographer”, and “Das Stereoskop der Einsamkeiten”.
Concert tours have taken the ensemble to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
In 2011 and 2012, the ensemble attracted attention for ambitious and innovative projects such as the “lunch & after work” concerts presenting a panorama of international composition at more than 30 locations throughout Berlin, and the audio project “Gehörte Stadt” [The Heard City], which took listeners on acoustical audio tours of Berlin.
In 2012 and 2013, the ensemble presented works from the current French music scene in 17 concerts at the Institut français in Berlin. In 2016, the project “Memory Space” initiated an exchange with the southern Indian city of Chennai; KNM interpreted the region’s unique Carnatic music using a graphic notation system.
In 2017, the group’s four-part concert series “The World After Tiepolo” in Berlin’s Radialsystem V was widely praised. In 2017–2018, the ensemble worked together with the Haus für Poesie in Berlin to develop “drei D poesie”, a platform for cooperation between writers, composers, and choreographers.
KNM’s discography comprises 15 CDs to date; the KNM was awarded the “German Records Critic Award” 03/2009 und 03/2010 for its collaboration with the composer Beat Furrer.