The London Contemporary Soloists is a UK based, sought after ensemble that speaks to a wide audiences while still challenging them. It was founded by Emre Şener and Cem Güven in 2021 in London, Baker Street with the purpose of bringing together the most talent young musicians of London with new music. In it's core, the ensemble aims to create meaningful programs that merge new and traditional repertoire while comissioning and performing new pieces by emerging composers.
From its first to the last concert, the programs the ensemble performed always pursued a theme. From very concrete themes like "the transformation of the 'chorale' from Bach to our day" to abstract exporations like "Textural Space" and "Air to Sound" to site specific themes like "Reverse Current" inspired by the two opposite currents of the Bosphorus, London Contempory Soloists never seized to give its audience a unique experience in the concert hall.
Now in its 3rd season, London Contemporary Soloists has completed two seasons in various venues around London and two off season tours in Turkey. The ensemble took stage in many different formations, from solo instruments to symphony orchestra with soloists.
The ensemble has also initiated projects like the highlighted composer series where the ensemble shines a light on a series of pieces by selected composers. The first realization of this project was the recording of all cello pieces by Anton Webern. Other projects include an earthquake relief concert for Turkey and an immersive electronic concert in collaboration with the Stay hotels.
Some important LCS comissions include 'Zoom in & Out - Take 1' for solo cello by Shin Kim, 'Pels Jardins' for large ensemble by and 'Llaor' for electric violin by Arnau Brichs, 'Void' for Violoncello Quartet by Cem Güven and 'Tragedya (I)' for double string quartet by Emre Şener
In St. James Church Paddington, London Contemporary Soloists Orchestra recently performed Beethoven's Violin concerto with Emmanuel Coppey and Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto with Katya Grabova alongside new creations under the direction of Emre Şener. Other important venues they performed in include St. Cyprian's Gloucester Gate, Yeldeğirmeni Sanat, Decollage Art Centre, The Stay Warehouse, The Stay Bosphorus and more.