mdi ensemble was formed in Milan in 2002 from the idea of six young musicians sharing their common passion for contemporary music, thanks to the support of Musica d’Insieme Association. From the very beginning, the ensemble established close collaborations with many renewed composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Dai Fujikura, Gérard Pesson, Pierluigi Billone, Fabio Vacchi, Mauro Lanza, as well as premiering several new works by young composers emerging from the international scene.
At the same time, the ensemble frequently collaborates with eminent conductors such as Emilio Pomarico, Stefan Asbury, Beat Furrer, Yoichi Sugiyama, Robert HP Platz, Marino Formenti and Pierre-André Valade.
From 2012, mdi is artist-in residence at the prestigious Milano Musica Festival. The ensemble also regularly appears at some of the most relevant Italian festival and venues, such as festival MiTo Settembre Musica, Ravenna Festival, Venice Biennale, Mittelfest, Japanese Institute and American Academy in Rome, festival Traiettorie in Parma, Amici della Musica in Palermo. In 2010, mdi was invited as ensemble-in-residence by the festival Koiné at Teatro dal Verme in Milan, playing among others Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in a stage version realized by Sylvano Bussotti in partnership with the Academy of Teatro alla Scala.
Recent and future highlights include debuts at Società del Quartetto di Milano and a residency at Museo Novecento in Florence and Fondazione Cini in Venice.
Described from the Los Angeles Times as “astonishingly competent”, mdi ensemble performs throughout Europe and overseas, notably at Festival Présences de Radio France in Paris, Tonhalle in Dusseldorf, Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Japanese and Italian Institutes in Koln, SWR Stuttgart, ORF Innsbruck, Societé de Musique Contemporaine in Lausanne, festival MusicAperta in Winterthur, Teatro Forteza in Majorca, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts and Chelsea Music Festival in New York City (as ensemble-in-residence). In 2008, the ensemble marked its debut in Japan and Tokyo.
The first mdi ensemble recording, Antiterra by Stefano Gervasoni (AEON), has been awarded by Academy Charles Cros the prestigious “Coup de Coeur – Musique contemporaine 2009”. Its discography also includes monographic CDs dedicated to Sylvano Bussotti’s and Marco Momi’s music (Stradivarius), as well as the more recent albums Dulle Griet by Giovanni Verrando (AEON) and Electric Blueprint by Misato Mochizuki (NEOS).
Their latest release is Emanuele Casale by mdi ensemble (Stradivarius).
Since 2008, mdi ensemble works along with RepertorioZero, a project in which musicians make only use of electric, computerized, amplified and concrete instruments. R0 presented concerts for Festival MiTo, Conservatory of Lugano, Tonhalle in Zurigo, Biennale di Venezia and Festival Milano Musica. In 2011 RepertorioZero received the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale “for the own innovative line of research – in the way to work with the music of today – which tends to go beyond the experience of the traditional avant-garde, which confronts itself with a totally new repertoire and with the necessity to find solutions to the numerous variables of the contemporary music.”
“Insieme” by Aureliano Cattaneo, composed for mdi, obtains the Premio Abbiati 2015.