Ensemble MidtVest

Founded in 2002, Ensemble Midtvest consists of a string quartet, a wind quintet, and a
pianist. Ensemble MidtVest is based in Herning, Denmark, at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art. Ensemble MidtVest performs more than 80 concerts every
year in Denmark and abroad. In 2012, 2014 and 2016, Ensemble MidtVest performed at
Carnegie Hall in New York. In Europe, Ensemble MidtVest has, among other venues and
festivals, appeared at Kings Place in London, Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
(Germany), ULTIMA (Norway) and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Wales). In 2015
the ensemble made its debut at the IVth Rio International Chamber Music Week in
Brazil, and in 2016 it played in Toronto as well as at Elmau Castle in Germany. Among
Ensemble MidtVest’s extensive further discography, its 2006 recording of Piano Quartets
by Mozart and Brahms was awarded the prize for the best chamber music CD of the
year by the listeners of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Since then, the ensemble
has published discs of music by Carl Nielsen and Francis Poulenc (cpo), Vagn Holmboe,
Jørgen Jersild, Peter Bruun and Hans Abrahamsen (Dacapo). In 2015 the frst of fve CDs
comprising the complete chamber music by Niels W. Gade was released by cpo. Ensemble MidtVest has performed with such renowned musicians as Pekka Kuusisto (violin),
Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich and Johannes Peitz (clarinet), Torleif Tedéen and Christoph Richter (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Te
Danish String Quartet and the Alcan String Quartet. Since 2014, the highly-acclaimed
bassoon player Sergio Azzolini has been associated as an Artistic Advisor to the Ensemble
MidtVest, focusing particularly on early classical music. In addition to classical chamber
music, Ensemble MidtVest frequently works with improvisation, breaking down barriers between musical styles and genres and expanding the performers’ musical intuition
and individuality. Assisting in this process, worldrenowned Danish jazz pianist Carsten
Dahl was appointed the ensemble’s frst Artistic Advisor in 2007. Ensemble MidtVest is
supported fnancially by the Danish Arts Foundation and by the four Municipalities of
Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, and Struer.
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