The Ives Ensemble was founded in 1986 by the Dutch pianist John Snijders, and consists of a steady pool of 14 musicians. The ensemble concentrates on performances of non-conducted contemporary chamber music with a repertoire which has always been centred on the music of Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman and Stefan Wolpe. Various composers have written especially for the Ives Ensemble, including John Cage, Aldo Clementi, Walter Zimmermann, Gerald Barry, Andrew Culver, Christopher Fox, Fabio Nieder, Ron Ford, Jan van de Putte, James Rolfe, Ivo van Emmerik, Allison Cameron, Richard Rijnvos, Richard Ayres, Micha Hamel, Magnus Robb and Michael van der Aa.
The Ives Ensemble has performed at many international festivals, including tthe Gaudeamus Music Week, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and many others, as well as performing in venues in Bratislava, Prague, Gütersloh, Köln, Essen and Berlin.
On MSVCD 92081 the ensemble is: Rik Andriessen (flutes), Esther Probst (oboe), Hans Petra (clarinets), Jan Willem van der Ham (bassoon), Fons Verspaandonk (horn), Marco Blaauw (trumpet), Jan Bastiani (trombone), Arnlod Marinissen (percussion), John Snijders (piano), Josje ter Haar (violin), Ruben Sanderse (viola), Job ter Haar (cello), Diederik Meijinckens (double bass). The group is conducted (in Etwas lebheft only) by Richard Rijnvos.