The Neue Vocalsolisten established as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music in 1984. Founded under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte, the vocal chamber ensemble has been artistically independent since the year 2000. Each of the seven concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano over countertenor to “basso profondo”, shapes the work on chamber music and the co-operation with the composers and other interpreters through his/her distinguished artistic creativity.
The idea of working together in the combination of bass clarinet and voices came from a series of conversations between Gareth and Christine Fischer. The vocal qualities of the clarinet seemingly at home in the context of the singers, leading to an ongoing relationship of new works for the combination. Composers such as Bernhard Lang, Johannes Schoellhorn and Bernhard Gander made early pieces, leading to new and constantly evolving possibilities with projects from the likes of Alex Schubert, Yannis Kyriakides and Iris ter Schiphorst.