Ensemble Ernst was established in 1996 with a background in the Contemporary Ensemble at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. Thomas Rimul was one of the founders and he and most of the musicians have remained with the ensemble for over 20 years. Ernst emphasizes the more poetic sides of contemporary music; composers as Salvatore Sciarrino, Jonathan Harvey, Francesco Filidei, Toshio Hosokawa, Carola Bauckholt, Ragnhild Berstad, Georg Friedrich Haas, Fausto Romitelli.
Jon Øivind Ness (1968) grew up in Nord-Trøndelag and is currently living in Oslo, working as a composer. He is influenced by spectral music and music from many other genres, as post punk, prog rock, folk music. He has been a massive Bowie-fan since his awakening in the summer of 1982, and has arranged 10 of Bowie´s songs for classical ensembles since his death.