Ambitious, and dedicated. Ensemble MidtVest’s eleven players are classically trained musicians, all of whom specialize in chamber music. Eleven individuals who have won numerous prizes in international chamber music competitions, all educated at leading European music academies. Together they form a dynamic ensemble performing a huge range of chamber music on an international level.
Founded in 2002, Ensemble MidtVest consists of a string quartet, a wind quintet, and a pianist. The ensemble is renowned for its creative programming, pushing the boundaries of the traditional classical concert form through creativity and excellence.
Based in Herning, Denmark, Ensemble MidtVest resides at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, an extraordinary venue designed by the American architect Steven Holl. The museum houses Ensemble MidtVest’s own chamber music hall and rehearsal spaces.
In addition to classical chamber music, Ensemble MidtVest frequently works with improvisation, creating its own sound and musical language, breaking down barriers between musical styles and genres and expanding the performers’ musical intuition and individuality. Assisting in this process, world-renowned Danish jazz pianist Carsten Dahl was appointed the ensemble’s first Artistic Advisor in the period 2007-2017. Among the many productions developed under his guidance are two silent film performances with improvised music: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Manxman, the latter with soprano Tina Kiberg.
Ensemble MidtVest performs more than 100 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.
Ensemble MidtVest has performed with such renowned musicians as Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich and Johannes Peitz (clarinet), Torleif Thedéen and Christoph Richter (cello), Alexander Lonquich and Christian Ihle Hadland (piano), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Per Arne Glorvigen and Paolo Russo (bandoneon), the Danish Sting Quartet and the Alcan String Quartet.
Recently, the Ensemble MidtVest has been coached by Ferenc Rados, Charles Neidich, Eduard Brunner, Johannes Peitz, Gordon Hunt and Tim Frederiksen. Since 2014, the highly-acclaimed bassoon player Sergio Azzolini has been associated as an Artistic Advisor to the Ensemble MidtVest, focusing particularly on Baroque and early classical music.
Each year, the ensemble performs more than 15 different programmes and productions, regularly incorporating other musical styles and art forms. Henrik Goldschmidt, solo oboe player at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, a leading expert on the music of the Middle East, worked as an Artistic Advisor to the ensemble from 2008 to 2010. Under his guidance, Ensemble MidtVest has performed and broadcast extensively with renowned Jewish and Arab musicians from ‘The Middle East Peace Orchestra’.
Each year in early July, Ensemble MidtVest has its own chamber music festival at the historic ‘Nørre Vosborg’ manor on the west coast of Denmark, showcasing the quality and variety of the ensemble’s work. The ensemble’s concerts are regularly recorded by and broadcast by the Danish Broadcasting Company (DR).
In 2006, Ensemble MidtVest’s recording of piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms was awarded a prize as the best chamber music CD of the year by the listeners of Danish Broadcasting Company.
Another 18 discs of music by among others Carl Nielsen and Francis Poulenc (cpo), Vagn Holmboe, Jørgen Jersild, Hans Abrahamsen and Peter Bruun (Dacapo). Since 2015, the first three out of a total of five CDs comprising the complete chamber music by Niels W. Gade were released by cpo.
Ensemble MidtVest is supported financially by the music committee of the Danish Arts Foundation and by the four municipalities of Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, and Struer. Additionally, the ensemble collaborates closely with several sponsors.
Updated July 11th, 2017