was founded in 2006 by a group of young musicians sharing a mutual interest and passion for contemporary music. The name for the ensemble was chosen as a reference to the real Nadar: the pseudonym of photographer Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820–1910), whose multidisciplinary talents and adventurous spirit the ensemble wishes to portray. Nadar Ensemble has performed at concert halls and festivals, both nationally and internationally. In 2014, the ensemble performed for the third time at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (works by Stefan Prins and Michael Maierhof, in a project curated with American-Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal). In 2015 Nadar premiered RECHT: Economies of Trade II, a music theatre piece by Hannes Seidl and Daniel Kötter in Frankfurt, Ghent, and Berlin. During the 2015 Donaueschinger Musiktage, Nadar premiered Mirror Box Extensions by Stefan Prins and Blu by Michael Beil and Thierry Bruehl. In 2016 Nadar worked together with Sergei Khismatov, Alexander Khubeev, Alex Nadzharov, and Marina Poleukhina for Lesaserma Pokhunakhis, a multidisciplinary concert about a forgotten Russian writer. Between 2017 to 2021 Nadar has been artist-in-residence at Concertgebouw Brugge and has worked together with deSingel, Klara Festival and Transit festival. Together with MATRIX [New Music Centre], Nadar organises an annual Summer Academy for young musicians (aged 14 to 20). In 2019 deSingel Antwerp and Nadar organised the second edition of an international summer school for young composers.
Nadar Ensemble is supported by the Flemish Government and the City of Sint-Niklaas.