Ensemble Variances was founded in 2010 by French composer and pianist Thierry Pécou with the vision of linking the music of our time with contemporary humanitarian and environmental issues.
Their call to social activism through the power of music has opened new audiences to contemporary music and has led to engagements at Wigmore Hall London (Great Britain), Festival Présences de Radio France (Paris, France), the Auditorium deLyon (France), Musikfestspiele Potsdam (Germany), Gaudeamus muziekweek Utrecht (Netherlands), the Lux Aeterna Festival of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Germany), Music on Main Vancouver (Canada), and the Detroit Institute of Arts (United States of America).
The philosophy of the ensemble is inspired by the reflections of Martinique-born French philosopher and poet, Édouard Glissant calling for cultural diversity. Through theatrical and musical narratives Ensemble Variances’ collaborations are inspired by Amerindian, Afro-American and Indian cultures.
Ensemble Variances and Thierry Pécou are based in Rouen in the heart of Normandy.