With a reputation for superb performance and ambitious programming, Aventa has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary music ensembles. Comprised of musicians who are passionate about new music and its place in our culture, Aventa pushes musical boundaries through diverse projects, collaboration and cultural exchange. Aventa regularly commissions both Canadian and international composers and has presented premieres of over 100 works both in Canada and on tour. Recent highlights from the international repertoire include the Canadian premieres of Poul Ruders’ (DK) KafKapriccio, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Stormwatch, Stormfall and Pierre Boulez’s (FR) Dérive II (1988-2007) of which Robert Everett-Green from the Globe and Mail wrote; “I can hardly give enough praise to the 13 players of Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble and conductor Bill Linwood, who tackled all this difficult music with skill, passion and dedication”. Hailed as “a superb contemporarymusic ensemble” (Globe and Mail), Aventa is recognized as one of Canada’s finest musical ambassadors. Aventa recently embarked on its third international tour with performances in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and New York City. Highlights of this tour included an appearance at Munich’s prestigious A•DEvantgarde Festival, workshop activity at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and a concert dedicated to Canadian and Danish music in New York City. Other highlights include a recent appearance in Montréal as part of Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) 44th main concert series. Future highlights include an international tour in March 2013, including performances in New York City and across Canada. In September 2013 Aventa presents the world premiere of Gavin Bryars’ opera Marilyn, Forever. Commissioned by Aventa, the opera is based on aspects of the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, with libretto commissioned from British Columbia author and poet, Marilyn Bowering.