Nadar Ensemble was founded in 2006 by a number of young musicians, graduates of various conservatories, with a common passion for contemporary music. The choice of the name Nadar derives from the multi-disciplinary spirit that the ensemble wants to share with the real Nadar, pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910). He was not only a well-known photographer and balloonist, but also a caricaturist, a spy, an art critic and so on.
Nadar wants to offer a forum to young composers, both on a national and an international level, through commissions, intense collaboration, workshops, and creation concerts. What’s more, Nadar conceives cunning concepts, fresh modes of presentation and original combinations of new and old masterpieces or of different media, never avoiding artistic risks. By virtue of its extraordinary commitment this ensemble was soon noted by festivals and concert halls both in Belgium and abroad, and managed to position itself in the contemporary landscape at the cutting edge.