Founded in 1996 by Aleksander Lasoń, it has for over 20 years explored new music, in search of works significant for culture, inspiring for the audience, innovative, sometimes unjustly forgotten, worth preparing, presenting in public and recording.

The Orchestra has premiered more than 100 works at festivals in Poland and abroad, as well as recording extensively live, in the studio and for radio broadcasts. Many of its recordings have been released on CD, internationally critically acclaimed and awarded, including with the P2-Prize of the Danish Radio, Pizzicato Supersonic Award, 5 of Diapason d’Or, Disco premiato con 5 Stelle da Musica, International Rostrum of Composers awards in Paris and Amsterdam, as well as nominations for the 2016 ICMA and 2003 Fryderyk.

The ensemble’s performance standards and abilities, highly regarded by composers, festival organisers, contemporary music promoters and record labels, are the result of collaboration with outstanding conductors, soloists and sound engineers. The musicians boldly take up the challenge of performing some of the formidably difficult twentieth-century works and premiering pieces sometimes even deemed unplayable and therefore rejected by other groups.

OMN also inspires and organises numerous artistic projects, such as music recordings and releases, new music festivals, promotional concerts, and interdisciplinary productions featuring dancers, soloists: instrumentalists and singers, multimedia and digital technologies, presented in atypical settings away from concert halls. For many years the Orchestra has taken part in international artistic and educational projects in collaboration with leading European new music ensembles and institutions that promote contemporary music. Since 2014, the Orchestra has presented at Katowice’s Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra its own concert series, which enjoys considerable popularity among the audience.