Grossman Ensemble group photo by Grittani Creative

The Grossman Ensemble

The Grossman Ensemble, hailed as having “some of the best contemporary players in the city” (Chicago Reader) with performances that have “filled the evening with wonder and, at times, awe” (Third Coast Review), is the resident supergroup at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. The Ensemble comprises musicians of the highest caliber whose passion is to perform music with a sensitive understanding, meticulous preparation, and abundant rehearsal time. World premiere works are developed over several weeks, during a series of unique workshopping rehearsals that focus on the interaction between composers, musicians, and conductors. This process allows the music time to grow in the mind of the composer and to fully inhabit the minds of the players.

The Ensemble is a key component of the CCCC’s performance series, preparing and performing 12 world premiere works by University of Chicago faculty, students, and guest composers each season. In August 2020, Fountain of Time, the ensemble’s debut album was released on the Center’s imprint, CCCC Records. The album features five premiere performances from the ensemble’s first two seasons by composers Shulamit Ran, Anthony Cheung, David Dzubay, Tonia Ko, and David Clay Mettens. I CARE IF YOU LISTEN said the album shows the Ensemble's "wonderful promise as a group in addition to promoting the rare process they employ in inviting composers and conductors to participate in the rehearsal and workshop process.”

The Grossman Ensemble is made possible by generous support from the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust.

This Grossman Ensemble has premiered and/or recorded more than 52 works by leading and emerging composers.

Ashkan Behzadi  •   Eliza Brown  •  Rodrigo Bussad  •  Chen Yi  •  Anthony Cheung  •  Zosha Di Castri  •  Du Yun  •  Frederic Durieux •  David Dzubay  •  Jason Eckardt •  Keith Fitch  • Baldwin Giang  •  Sarah-Gibson  •  Sungji Hong  •  Martha Horst •  Jack Hughes  •  Alison Yun-Fei Jiang  •   Maria Kaoutzani  •  Tonia Ko  •  Ingrid Laubrock •  Ramon Lazkano  •  Dongryul Lee  •  Joungbum Lee  •  Steve Lehman  •  Tania Léon  •  Brad Lubman  •  George Lewis  •  David Serkin Ludwig  •  Paula Matthusen •  David Clay Mettens  •  Jeffrey Mumford  •  Will Myers  •  Eric Nathan  •   Daniel Pesca  •  Andreia Pinto Corriea  •  Sam Pluta  •  David Rakowski  •  Shulamit Ran  •  Kurt Rohde  •  Carlos Sanchez Gutierrez  •  Kate Soper  •  Yuting Tan  •  Stephen A. Taylor  •  Augusta Read Thomas •  Felipe Tovar-Henao  •  Christopher Trapani  •  Aaron Travers  •  Ania Vu  •  Justin Weiss  •  Amy Williams  •  LJ White  •  Krzysztof Wołek  •  Jay Alan Yim

Tim Weiss conducting the Grossman Ensemble

The Grossman Ensemble has had the opportunity to work with some of the best new music conductors of today.

Stefan Asbury  •  James Baker  •  Ben Bolter  •  David Dzubay  •  David Fulmer  •  Oliver Hagen  •  Jerry Hou  •  Vimbayi Kaziboni  •  Michael Lewanski  •  Brad Lubman  •  Jeffrey Meyer  •  Georgia Mills  •  Timothy Weiss