L’Instant Donné is an instrumental ensemble based in Paris devoted to the interpretation of contemporary chamber music. Since its foundation in 2002, the ensemble has functioned as a collective, with a fixed line-up of nine musicians, and has built its reputation upon high quality chamber ensemble performances, by preference working without a conductor.

L’Instant Donné’s repertoire encompasses music from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. Portrait concerts of living composers form the back-bone of their oeuvre, and they have developed particularly strong collaborative relationships with composers as Frédéric Pattar, Stefano Gervasoni, Gérard Pesson, Johannes Schöllhorn and Clemens Gadenstätter among others. Their repertoire also features much of the established repertoire of the late twentieth century, from Webern to Lachenmann, Stravinsky to Feldman.

L'Instant Donné has appeared at many leading venues and festivals, including Festival d’Automne à Paris, Agora-Ircam (Paris), Musica (Strasbourg), Wittener Tage and WDR3-Köln (Germany), CDMC-Madrid (Spain), Musikprotokoll (Graz, Austria), Manchester International Festival (UK), Luxemburg Philharmonie, and widely across Europe, and as far afield as Morocco, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Mexico.

L’Instant Donné is supported by the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Ile de France - Ministère de la Culture, SACEM, and SPEDIDAM