Ensemble Ars Nova was founded in 1986 by composer Johannes Johansson, who also was its artistic director for the first nine years. Since 1995 guitarist Stefan Östersjö has been the artistic director of the group.
Schola Cantorum is Oxford University’s longest running chamber choir. Since it’s foundation as The Collegium Musicum Oxoniense, in 1960 by Laszlo Heltay, the choir’s commitment to the development of young talent has been evidenced by the numbers of former singers who have gone on to a professional career, these include Emma Kirkby, Ian Bostridge and Jane Glover.
Hugh Hopper (29 April 1945 - 7 June 2009) was a composer and bass player from Canterbury, United Kingdom who achieved his highest public profile through his work with Soft Machine between 1968 and 1972.
After concentrating in Musicology at Harvard, Hopkinson Smith went to Europe in 1973 to study with Emilio Pujol and also Eugen Dombois. In the mid 1970s, Hopkinson Smith was involved in the founding of the ensemble Hesperion XX.
Brazil's best keeper of the gafieira tradition (popular ballrooms historically linked to the Carioca folklore tradition of highly artistic and swinging dancing and playing) and one of the best choro players ever, Paulo Moura is an internationally awarded musician whose high standards make it easy for him to cross boundaries between classical and popular music
Oregon was one of the first prominent fusions of jazz and music from around the world, practically inventing the genre of World Jazz by example. The band was an outgrowth of the Paul Winter Consort of the 60s.
The Ensemble Modern is a chamber ensemble dedicated to the music of modern composers. Formed in 1980 as a "democratic orchestra", the group is based in Frankfurt, Germany and made up variously of about twenty members from numerous countries, all of whom are highly acclaimed soloists and professional music teachers.
Soft Machine was a pioneering psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz band from Canterbury, United Kingdom, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury Scene.