mdi ensemble was formed in Milan in 2002 and has been artist-in residence at festival di Milano Musica from 2012 to 2017. From the very beginning, the ensemble established close collaborations with many renewed composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gérard Pesson, Marco Stroppa, Stefano Gervasoni, Sofia Gubaidulina, as well as premiering several new works by young composers emerging from the international scene. The ensemble regularly appears at some of the most relevant Italian festivals, such as MiTo Settembre Musica, Venice Biennale, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Ravenna Festival, Bolzano Transart. 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, SWR Stuttgart, Festival Jeunesse in Vienna, SMC in Lausanne, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, Chelsea Music Festival in New York City and Italian Institute in Tokyo.
The ensemble also frequently collaborates with eminent conductors such as Stefan Asbury, Emilio Pomarico, Beat Furrer and Pierre-André Valade.
Since 2016 mdi ensemble curates two concert series in Milan (Sound of Wander) and Florence (Contrasti). In 2019, in collaboration with Accademia Filarmonica Romana, mdi created Roma New Music Week, an international workshop on contemporary music and composition.
mdi ensemble discography includes monographic CDs dedicated to composers such as Stefano Gervasoni, which has been awarded by Academy Charles Cros the prestigious “Coup de Coeur – Musique contemporaine 2009”, Misato Mochizuki, Giovanni Verrando, Sylvano Bussotti, Marco Momi and Emanuele Casale (this last three edited by Stradivarius). Their DVD See the Sound – Homage to Helmut Lachenmann has been broadcasted by Rai 5 and Sky Classica.