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 and American 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.
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.
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
Moreover, the 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.
The Ensemble MidtVest frequently works with free 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 the ensemble’s first Artistic Advisor from 2007 to 2017.
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.
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.
Updated July 11th, 2017