The soloists of the Ensemble intercontemporain
Jens McManama

Born in 1956 in Portland (Oregon), Jens McManama made his soloist debut at the age of thirteen with the Seattle Orchestra. Following his studies in Cleveland with horn player Myron Bloom, he was engaged as a soloist in 1974 at la Scala in Milan under the baton of Claudio Abbado. He joined the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1979. He has been a member of the “Nielsen” wind quintet since 1982. In Baden-Baden 1988, he premiered the horn version of ln Freundschaft by Karlheinz Stockhausen. He has taken part in a large number of chamber music premieres, such as Bagatelles by Jean-Baptiste Devillers (for horn and piano). Jens McManama has been teaching chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris since 1994. He regularly leads workshops for young musicians, notably at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau and at Saint-Céré, as well as contemporary music master classes in France and the U.S. Soloist, chamber musician, orchestra musician, Jens McManama is also drawn to conducting ensembles. He has created a show in collaboration with Eugène Durif entitled Litanies, Fatrasies, Charivari, which was first performed at the Cité de la musique in 2004, and then reopened in 2006 with the title Cuivres et Fantaisies.