Circle Ensemble was founded in 1973 by Michael De Roo. Since 2002 Erwin Oudshoorn is artistic director and general manager. Circle Ensemble was named after the first composition they played, ‘Circles’ from the Italian composer Luciano Berio.
An important development of the ensemble was the first magical meeting with the Japanese Taikos. A visual and musical spectacle for eyes ánd ears. This resulted in the first concert ever given on Japanese drums by percussionists, other than Japanese percussionists (Holland Festival 1983).
In 1989 the ‘Circle Ensemble’ changed their name in ‘Circle Percussion’.