Contemporary music

The Primrose Ensemble and contemporary music : composition and creation of works for violas ensembles

Created on the initiative of violist Pierre-Henri Xuereb, one of William Primrose’s last students (himself a student of Eugène Ysaÿe), the Primrose ensemble is distinguished by the originality of its ensemble, whose core is essentially composed of five or six violas, occasionally joined by one or the other string player.

This instrumentation with its specific colours is a challenge for composers.

This project aims both to promote an ensemble featuring young violists and to support the creative research of young composers from very diverse backgrounds. While it develops above all in connection with various courses offered by the Music Domain of the Royal Conservatory of Liege (viola and composition classes), it has the ambition to open up to other collaborations (Gennevilliers Music School, in particular) and to inspirations linked to traditional music from the most diverse horizons (South America, China…).

At the end of this project, the Primrose ensemble will be able to perform world premieres in concert in Belgium, France, but also in other countries, whose approach will be based on real research and analysis carried out in collaboration with the composers.