Nikel | The Ensemble
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The Ensemble

Ensemble Nikel


is a quartet consisting of saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and piano.


These instruments, mostly evolving in the 20th century were joined together to form a new chamber music output where electric and acoustic sounds are to be melted into a unified organism bridging between, not only different sources of mechanical waves, but also aesthetic prejudice and dichotomies of musical genres.


In its quest of exploring its audio spectral artistic possibilities, the group has been presenting an ongoing subscribers series in Tel Aviv & Haifa, Initiating conceptual projects with changing partners, soloists or ensembles and above all collaborate with composers in developing new repertoire. Among the composers who wrote for the ensemble one can find Raphaël Cendo, Chaya Czernowin, Clemens Gadenstaetter, Philippe Hurel, Eduardo Moguillansky, Marco Momi, Helmut Oehring, Stefan Prins, Jose Maria Sanchez Verdu and Michael Wertmüller to name a few.

Founded in 2006


by Yaron Deutsch and Gan Lev, the ensemble became a frequent guest in honorable festivals such as Wien Modern, Donauecshinger Musiktage, Ultraschall (Berlin), Bang on a Can (New York), International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, ArsMusica (Brussels) Klangspuren (Schwaz) and Warsaw Autumn among others.


Along side its changing chamber concerts and concert programs, the ensemble is also touring with recent concrete developed projects such as “Zohar Iver” – a concerto for Ensemble Nikel and Orchestra by composer Chaya Czernowin; “rAVE nIGHT” – an audio visual techno spectacle based on a 50 minute work by Alexander Schubert for Nikel, Singer Mohna, lights & electronics (Premiered in Wien Modern festival 2015) & our pedagogic performance project titled – “Nikel, mINus One” (Premiered at the Darmstaedter FerienKurse 2014) . For further details about these projects please visit the Features page on this website.


Yaron Deutsch (Tel Aviv, 1978) is a guitarist and artistic director of Ensemble Nikel.

At age eighteen, he founded and led his first group – Ofek III – a fusion trio playing his own compositions. In 1999, he enrolled at the “Rubin Academy for Music and Dance” in Jerusalem and studied under the instruction of guitarists Steve Paskof and Yossi Levi. In 2006 together with saxophonist Gan Lev he founded the Tel Aviv based Ensemble for Contemporary Music – Ensemble Nikel. With the ensemble and as a soloist he has been frequently collaborating with both established and young composers, giving world premiere performances to numerous works.


As a guest performer he is frequently playing with Ensemble Klangforum Wien.


Occasional guest appearances he had with Ensemble Ascolta (Stuttgart), Ensemble Court Circuit (Paris), Ensemble Ictus (Brussels), Ensemble Phace (Vienna), Ensemble musikFabrik (Koeln), Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, RAI Orchestra (Turin), Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester in which he played under conductors Sylvain Camberling, Peter Eötvös, Johannes Kalitzke, Zubin Mehta, Georges Elie Octors, Emilio Pomarico, Pascal Rophé & Steven Slone among others.

As well he is a member of the free improv trio – Ministry of Bad Decisions together with drummer Brian Archinal and composer-improviser, Stefan Prins.


Apart from his perfomative duties, Deutsch has been teaching at the IMPULS academy, Graz (2015) and at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (2016) leading the guitar class in both strctures and since 2010 is the artistic director of “Tzlil Meudcan” (In Hebrew: “Update Tone”) – The International Summer Course & Festival for Contemporary Music, Israel.

Deutsch is currently spending his time between Tivo’n and Vienna.

Patrick Stadler (Germany, 1985), began his studies in 2005 at the Conservatory for Music in Basel with Marcus Weiss, one of the renowned saxophonists for contempory music. Furthermore he studied with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé in Lausanne and Jean-Michel Goury in Paris.


In 2012, Patrick Stadler received his Master with honors from the Conservatory of Music in Basel with the unanimous consent of the jury. He has also won numerous prizes and awards, including those from “Da Ponte Foundation”, “International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt 2012 ” and “Deutscher Musikrat Competition” and “Concours National d’Exécution Musicale”.


He has appeared as soloist with various orchestras like “Philharmonie Zentralschweiz”, “L’Orchestre Tibor Varga”, “Kammerorchester Basel” and “Sinfonieorchester Basel”. Other chamber and solo projects has brought him through serveral countries all over the world. In 2011 he performed the pieces “Cells for saxophone and ensemble” by Hanspeter Kyburz with the ensemble from “Impuls Academy” in the final concert.


Patrick Stadler is member of “Ensemble Inverspace”, Duo “Organised Sax” and “Ensemble Nikel”. In 2012 he premiers four new works with the Ensemble Nikel at the “Donaueschinger Musiktage”. Beside this festival he participated and performed in “International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt 2010 and 2012″, “Impuls Academy 2011″, “Lucerne Festival Academy” and “Two days and two nights” in Odessa. He collaborated with composers, such as Georges Aperghis, Giorgio Netti, Beat Furrer, Peter Eötvös, Malin Bång, Germán Alonso, Teresa Carrasco and Yair Klartag.


Patrick Stadler performed in Europe, Asia and the USA

Percussionist Brian Archinal (USA, 1986) is living and working in Basel, Switzerland. Together with groups like Ensemble Nikel and Ensemble This | Ensemble That, he is active in the most current and critical streams of contemporary music performance. His artistic practice focuses on the role of Interpretation in musical performance, conceptual performance practices, as well as the possibilities of multi-media in the current artistic culture.


Since his Studies at the University of Kentucky (Prof. Jim Campbel), University of California – San Diego (Prof. Steven Schick), and his Swiss government funded studies at the Musik Akademie Basel (Prof. Christian Dierstein) he has been collecting awards and praise for his musical and artistic activities. In the summer of 2012 Brian was awarded a ‘Stipendiat Preis’ by the Internationales Musikinstitut in Darmstadt, Germany, and was the first prize winner at the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a historical institution for contemporary music.


He has recordings on labels like MODE Records (Iannis Xenakis Edition 13, Ensemble Works 3), GOD Recordings (Peter Ablinger – Regenstücke Vol. 1), Tzadik (George Lewis – Silent Shout), Innova (David Crowell – Eucalyptus) und Silentes (Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning). He also performs with the Swiss band Alt-F4.


Since 2014 he is teaching at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland.

After studying in Switzerland and United Kingdom with professors Paul Coker, Yonty Solomon, Andrew Ball, Ashley Wass (piano), Laurent Estoppey (saxophone)  and Michael Oliva (composition), Antoine Françoise performs nowadays in Europe and further as a soloist, chamber musician, with ensembles and orchestras.

At the term of his studies at the Royal College of Music in London, he was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal, for his outstanding talent and dedication to music. Antoine now is a professor of piano (contemporary specialism) at the RCM.


Fascinated by the chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as all new expressions of modern music, Antoine is founding member of the Mercury Quartet and the Francoise-Green piano duo, 2011 winners of Concours Nicati (Switzerland) and 2013 winners of Royal Overseas League competition. He is also principal pianist of Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain (NEC, Switzerland), Ensemble Contrechamps (Switzerland), ensemble Nikel and London Contemporary Orchestra. He also plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia. He played with conductors such as Diego Masson, Pierre-Alain Monot,  Nicholas Collon, Clement Power, Johannes Kalitzke or Vladimir Jurowski. Antoine worked closely with composers such as Julian Anderson, Rebecca Saunders, Hans-Peter Kyburz (giving the uk premiere of his concerto) and Eric Gaudibert (who dedicated his last concerto GONG to him). He counts now hundreds of premieres in his repertoire. As part of the London Contemporary Orchestra, he also performs regularly alongside guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood and premiered his solo piano suite: 88.


From September 2015, Antoine will be in charge of the artistic direction of the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain.