Lontano Ensemble
Lontano Ensemble’s impact on the perception of new music has been profound and enduring. Since its inception in 1976 by conductor/composer Odaline de la Martinez and flautist Ingrid Culliford, Lontano has established an international reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile exponents of 20th and 21st century music. Lontano commissions, produces, performs and records with the primary aim of bringing to the fore the work of contemporary living composers, notably women and Latin American composers. The ensemble’s sphere of activity includes contemporary opera, music theatre, concerts, workshops, education projects, tours, broadcasts and recordings.

Lontano Ensemble’s performances feature some of the most noted, inventive and radical names in contemporary composition including Judith Weir, Martin Butler, Roberto Sierra, Errollyn Wallen, Nicola Le Fanu, Peter Sculthorpe, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Chen Yi, Lindsay Cooper and Steve Reich. Lontano, in collaboration with the BBC Singers, recently recorded for the BBC a programme featuring the music of Brian Ferneyhough, which will be followed by a CD for the Metier Label. In 1992, Lontano was one of the first ensembles to set up its own record label. LORELT has since acquired the same reputation for versatility, eclecticism and vision enjoyed by Lontano itself.

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