The Thessaloniki-based ensemble dissonArt was founded in 2005 with the intention to disseminate the stylistic diversity of new music in Greece as well as internationally. Following the model of similar contemporary orchestral groups, the ensemble is organized around a core of 6 soloists and associated partners, with a flexible internal structure.
The ensemble's programmes aim to promote works of recognized as well as emerging composers that deserve to be heard. Music-theatre works and collaborations with groups of other artistic disciplines that result in the creation of original works are among the main objectives of dissonArt.
The ensemble has closely collaborated with composers such as G.Aperghis, B.Furrer and Manos Tsangaris (music theatre commision: Love & Diversity).
dissonArt's activity spectrum includes, among others, educational projects such as the organization and realization of a bi-annual Composition Competition in collaboration with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, and Composition/Performance Workshops held at the Music Village-Pilion (www.music-village.gr). The ensemble has also performed at the annual Composition Workshop ( 2006-2011) organised by Thessaloniki Concert Hall.
dissonArt ensemble is performing frequently in Greece and abroad in prominent halls and festivals such as the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, Ensembl[:E]uropa (Cologne), Klang Festival ( Copenhagen), Kunstfestspiele herrenhausen (Hannover), Forum Wallis (Switzerland), Milano incontra la Grecia (Milan), Klangspuren (Innsbruck ),4020. mehr als Musik (Linz), Athens Festival, Brucknerhaus, Minoritensaal, Piccolo Teatro, Onassis Cultural Centre, Thessaloniki Concert Hall a.o.
In 2012 their live concert in Cologne was released by WDR3 and Dissonance Records.