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Ensemble Les Amis Shanghai (ELA)

ELA is the only professional chamber music ensemble in Shanghai which is included in the Directory of Chinese Music for External Recommendation by the Ministry of Culture. It was built in 2009 by the violist and pedagogue Professor Jensen Horn-Sin Lam. The ensemble is made up of young teachers from the Shanghai Conservatory and members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
 
Ensemble Les Amis means a group of friends in French. The Ensemble works for the promotion of chamber music, and their style of playing seeks a synthesis of clarity, exquisiteness yet audacity at the same time. They have a broad repertoire of more than one hundred works with a time span of more than three hundred years from the Baroque era to the 21st Century.
 
Regular Concert

Since its foundation, ELA Shanghai has been actively performing the whole canon of chamber music in order to establish a stable platform for chamber music appreciation in Shanghai. ELA takes part in the Weekend Chamber Music Concert series of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and holds concerts in the Crystal Room Chamber Music series at M on the Bund.
 
ELA Shanghai is devoted to providing a platform where students can develop their art through a combination of performance and pedagogy, so that they can cultivate their awareness of interaction among musicians as well as , their team spirit and cooperation.
 
ELA Shanghai and our students have interpreted chamber music pieces from the Baroque era to the Classical and the Romantic eras up to the most contemporary works on our regular concerts. Besides works from the traditional canon, we have also discovered a lot of excellent and seldom performed pieces from different eras, nations and styles, including many Chinese premiers.
 
Guest Performance

As a professional chamber music ensemble, ELA Shanghai takes part frequently in both domestic and international art festivals.

2010 ¨C Played at Annual Meeting of Korean Composers
2011 ¨C Performed all works awarded the ¡°Baichuan Award for Chinese Musical Composition¡± and earned the Golden Award for Performance
¡¡¡¡¡¡- Played at the International Electronic Music Week in Shanghai
¡¡¡¡¡¡- Played at the Harmony Conference at the Shanghai Conservatory
¡¡¡¡¡¡- Played at the Pen Club of Chinese Composers in Gulangyu Island, Xiamen
2012 ¨C Academic liaison with the Sibelius Academy, Finland
2013 ¨C Played at the International Electronic Music Week in Shanghai
 
 
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