Ensemble MidtVest understands that classical music is a living tradition, rooted in the past, but as relevant today as it has been for centuries, therefore, it is our credo to make the most beautiful music of the past 500 years accessible to the 21st century audience. Apart from the standard classical music repertoire, the ensemble also plays free improvisation.
Founded in 2002, Ensemble MidtVest consists of a string quartet, a wind quintet and a pianist. The ensemble resides at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, an extraordinary venue designed by the American architect Steven Holl, where both rehearsal rooms, and a chamber music hall can be found.
Performing more than 100 concerts a year both in Denmark and abroad, the ensemble has been invited to such venues as the Carnegie Hall, New York, Kings’ Place, London, and to festivals as the Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rio International Chamber Music Week, ULTIMA Festival, Oslo, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival; and the Mantova Chamber Music Festival. The ensemble has collaborated with renowned musicians, as Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich and Johannes Peitz (clarinet), Torleif Thedéen, Christoph Richter, Andreas Brantelid and Matthew Barley (cello), Knut Erik Sundquist (double bass), Alexander Lonquich, Christina Bjørkøe, Christian Ihle Hadland and Aleksandar Madžar (piano), Johannes Fischer (percussion), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Bo Skovhus (baritone), the Danish String Quartet and Trio con Brio Copenhagen.
Ensemble MidtVest has recorded more than twenty CDs, its recording of piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms was awarded with the P2 prize of the Danish Broadcasting Company.
From 2014 to 2019, the highly acclaimed bassoon player Sergio Azzolini was associated as an artistic advisor to the Ensemble MidtVest, focusing particularly on baroque and early classical music. World-renowned jazz pianist Carsten Dahl was artistic advisor between 2007 and 2017, with whom the ensemble has created its own sound and musical language through classical improvisation, expanding the performers’ musical intuition and individuality.
Ensemble MidtVest is supported by the music committee of the Danish Arts Foundation and the three municipalities of Herning, Holstebro and Struer.
Updated January 2021