Explore Ensemble awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Ensemble Prize worth 75,000 Euros
Nicholas Moroz, artistic director of the Explore Ensemble is in the final year of completing his doctorate in musical composition at St Hilda’s. We are delighted to congratulate Nicholas and Explore Ensemble, as well as the other of the two Ensemble Prize 2021 winners, Krakow-based ensemble Spółdzielnia Muzyczna.
The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Ensemble Prize for outstanding young ensembles comes with a cash award of 75,000 euros per ensemble, and will contribute towards Explore Ensemble’s artistic and organisational development.
Nicholas Moroz said, “It’s a great privilege to receive this support and recognition from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation in 2021, particularly against the backdrop of our recent experiences in the pandemic. As for many others, we emerge from the lockdowns and uncertainty with a renewed sense of perspective, purpose, and a drive to explore what really matters in life and in our work. It’s an honour that we now have this possibility, thanks to the award, to invest in our own sustainable development, which will ensure that Explore Ensemble's hunger for discovery, creation, and sharing with others remains at the core of who we are.”
Among Nicholas's many achievements at St Hilda's is the launch, with fellow doctoral composer, Jonathan Packham, of EXPO, which ran from 2018-2020. EXPO was an experimental art and music performance and research platform based at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in St Hilda’s College. It integrated graduate research work in the areas of experimental composition and art with public-facing performance events, talks, and workshops on issues stemming directly from DPhil students’ research interests, as well as those of their academic colleagues. Students from across the University have performed at EXPO events.