protonwerk is the platform for contemporary music, created by ensemble proton bern. With the support of Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia we have been working together to inspire the upcoming generation of composers at the beginning of their professional careers. Those interested can apply to receive a commission to write a new work for one of the annual protonwerk concerts.
protonwerk was conceived not only to extend the ensemble’s repertoire but also to offer composers the opportunity to create and refine their work in a professional environment. One of the key aspects of these new work commissions is the chance to write for the recently developed instruments lupophone (bass oboe with extended range) and contraforte (an acoustically superior contrabassoon).
We place a lot of importance on working together closely with composers. The individual musicians offer workshops at all points throughout the compositional process and the ensemble meets to work on drafts and/or sketches in the early stages of the project. In the week leading up to the concert, we rehearse the pieces in the presence of all participating composers.