The Swiss based ensemble QUATUOR MAKROKOSMOS – pianists Ufuk & Bahar Dördüncü and percussionists Sébastien Cordier with new member Philippe Spiesser – enters a new and exciting time for the music written for this very special combinations. The quartet takes its name from the eponymous music of George Crumb, itself conjuring up the magical possibilities of such an instrumental line-up. Alongside the great classic masterworks of the genre – the Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion by Béla Bartók, Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky and Music for a Summer Evening-Makrokosmos III by George Crumb, the quartet continues to forge its own new identity working hand-in-hand with composers in exploring the instrumental format of 2 pianos and 2 percussions to create a new voice and a new music for the 21st century. From its inception, Makrokosmos has commissioned and perfomed many works by the world’s leading composers such as Luciano Berio, Ivan Fedele, Stefano Gervasoni, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, Enno Poppe, Steve Reich and Wolfgang Rihm. Makrokosmos, ever the champions of the genre, has also widened its repertoire by commissioning other composers such as the Swiss Nik Bärtsch to reach even wider audiences. The quartet collaborates often with other ensembles, orchestras and choirs such as Ensemble Contrechamps and the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. Makrokosmos has played at many of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Festival Archipel Genève, Venice Biennale, Berlin Philharmonic and the Istanbul Festival. They have been broadcast on radio worldwide and have several highly acclaimed CDs including « Magical worlds of Sound » (Crumb, Gervasoni Haas) and « Round Midnight » inspired by Thelonius Monk (Schneller, Gregorio, Ferrero & Stefan Wirth). New commissions are planned for the coming years from José Manuel López, Philippe Hurel, Beat Furrer and Luca Francesconi.