In 1995 seven young Faroese musicians formed an ensemble with the main purpose to perform and promote Faroese music. This ensemble is Aldubáran. Today Aldubáran has 14 members playing the flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, guitar and piano. This rather untraditional combination of instruments makes for great diversity in concerts and gives scope for composers. Aldubáran has commissioned and premiered a vast number of works by Faroese and foreign composers which have been well received by the press and public. Composer, Sunleif Rasmussen and the musicians in Aldubáran are the first generation of professional musicians in The Faroe Islands.
The close connection between Aldubáran and Sunleif Rasmussen has played a dynamic and integrated part in the development of Faroese music. The group has undertaken many projects throughout the years but without a doubt the biggest has been the commission of the first Faroese opera by Sunleif Rasmussen. An augmented Aldubáran with Bernharður Wilkinson, conductor, gave its premiere in 2006 to great critical acclaim from some of the most respected international music magazines and newspapers.