Inspired by their time working together under the direction of Pierre Boulez during the 2004 Lucerne Festival Academy, a group of young musicians formed LABORATORIUM. Hailing from 15 countries on 5 continents, its members are dedicated to the interpretation of known and unknown repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries as well as commissioning new works and engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations.
LABORATORIUM has appeared at the Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), Lucerne Easter Festival (Switzerland), Festival de Musica Contemporanea de Alicante (Spain), Festival Internacional de Santander (Spain), Salzburger Bienalle (Austria), Livewire Festival (Baltimore, USA), Concepts of Doing Festival (Berlin, Germany), Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen (Hannover, Germany), Nuevo Auditorio del Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), Gare du Nord (Basel, Switzerland), Festival de Musica Contemporanea Chilena (Santiago, Chile), Festival Musicahora (La Serena, Chile), Tage für Neue Musik (Tonhalle Zürich, Switzerland), June in Buffalo (New York, USA) and Berliner Philharmonie (Germany).
LABORATORIUM has been the Ensemble in Residence at the Davos Festival (Switzerland) and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, (Lugano, Switzerland).
LABORATORIUM is named after the collection of 55 works composed from 1973-1985 by Vinko Globokar. An ongoing and intensive collaboration between Globokar and the ensemble in developing the definitive interpretation of the work has resulted in performances in New York, Salzburg, Pamplona, Baltimore, Hannover and Lucerne.
Most recently LABORATORIUM premiered works by the most significant Iranian composers of the older and younger genarations at the Dastgah Festival in Hannover’s Sprengel Museum.
Since 2015 LABORATORIUM is under the artistic direction of Lin Liao.