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Ensemble MidtVest

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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 another ten discs of music by Carl Nielsen and Francis Poulenc (cpo), Vagn Holmboe and Jørgen Jersild (Dacapo). In 2015, the first of five CDs of chamber music by Niels W. Gade was published on cpo. Ensemble MidtVest has performed with such renowned musicians as Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich and Johannes Peitz (clarinet), Torleif Thedéen and Christoph Richter (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano), Christina Landshamer (soprano), The 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, world-renowned Danish jazz pianist Carsten Dahl was appointed the ensemble’s first Artistic Advisor in 2007. Ensemble MidtVest is supported financially by the Danish Arts Foundation and by the four Municipalities of Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, and Struer.