More than an ensemble, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) produces innovative, multidisciplinary concerts and showcases Canadian musical creation throughout the country. Renowned for her flair and her appetite for risk-taking, artistic director Véronique Lacroix is passionate about creation and, with her musicians, is helping to foster the next generation of composers.
Since it was founded in 1987, ECM+ has premiered 230 mostly Canadian works. Its productions have garnered prestigious awards, including the 2002 Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, the 2002 Prix Opus for Musical Event of the Year, and the 2007 Prix Opus for Artistic Direction of the Year. In recognition of her involvement in the creation of numerous Canadian works, she was appointed as Ambassador for the Canadian Music Centre and won the Friends Of Canadian Music Award 2009, awarded jointly by the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers.
In addition to its regular season’s productions, ECM+ has, every two years since 2000, toured Canada with the Generation project. Moreover, the ensemble has participated in international exchanges (France, Belgium, Mexico, Ukraine, and Singapore). ECM+ has participated in many festival such as the Festival Internacional Cervantino and the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. The ensemble has released nine CDs, and its concerts are regularly broadcast on Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique and on the CBC. ECM+ has been in residence at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal since 1998.