Denmark's Ensemble MidtVest
Tours New York, Seattle, and Vancouver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (April 9, 2019) - The highly acclaimed Danish Ensemble MidtVest will be performing six concerts on a bi-coastal tour of the U.S. this spring, offering audiences an opportunity to hear rarely performed works by Nordic composers, a concert in Seattle of classical improvisation and classical repertoire by Brahms, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Prokofiev.

The Ensemble kicks off the tour with a return visit to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on April 30. From there, the ensemble heads to the West Coast for debut appearances in Seattle and Vancouver on May 2, 4 and 5, and returns to New York City for two final concerts on May 10. (Concert and venue details below.) 

The unique and flexible line-up of Ensemble MidtVest – consisting of a string quartet, wind quintet and pianist – allows the ten-member group to perform a wide variety of chamber music repertoire, often including pieces written for unusual groupings. Named for the region in Denmark where it is based, its repertoire is drawn from the classical canon as well as early music and works by 19th- and 20th-century Nordic composers. Seven of the ten members will be joining the tour.
About the Ensemble
Founded in 2002, the Danish Ensemble MidtVest consists of a string quartet, a wind quintet and a pianist. The group performs classical and early-music repertoire – especially chamber works for unusual configurations – as well as music by Nordic composers. The ensemble performs regularly in Denmark and around the world, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Kings’ Place in London, the Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany and the Rio International Chamber Music Week in Brazil. The ensemble has released twenty CDs and has collaborated with renowned musicians, including violinist Pekka Kuusisto, clarinetists Martin Fröst and Charles Neidich, pianist Alexander Lonquich and the Danish String Quartet. Ensemble MidtVest is supported by the music committee of the Danish Arts Foundation and the four municipalities of Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, and Struer.
U.S. Tour

April 30, 8:00 pm, New York City
 
Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40
Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

Ana Feitosa, violin
Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Sanna Ripatti, viola
Jonathan Slaatto, cello
Martin Qvist Hansen, piano
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Neil Page, horn
May 2, 8:00 pm, Seattle, WA
Good Shepherd Center , Chapel Performance Space

Presented by Nonsequitor, this concert is part of the Wayward Music Series, which offers adventurous and experimental music in the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center.

Ensemble MidtVest has been developing its own sound and improvisational language since 2007 with artistic advisor jazz pianist Carsten Dahl (2007-2017) and master classes with cellist Matthew Barley. The Ensemble improvises on themes from both classical and non-classical music to break down barriers between styles and genres and bridge the gap between traditional classical musical concerts and today’s audiences. In addition to improvisational concerts in traditional venues, the group improvises live “soundtracks” in unconventional settings, such as film screenings, to connect with audiences who have no previous knowledge in classical music. 

Ana Feitosa, violin
Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Sanna Ripatti, viola
Jonathan Slaatto, cello
Martin Qvist Hansen, piano
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Neil Page, horn
May 4, Vancouver, BC
6:30pm | 7:30pm Gala concert

Gala concert and reception for Music in the Morning. Tickets are $175.

Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34
 
Ana Feitosa, violin
Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Sanna Ripatti, viola
Jonathan Slaatto, cello
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Neil Page, horn
Martin Qvist Hansen, piano
May 5, 4:00 pm, Seattle, WA
Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series: “Romantic Muse and Northern Spirit”
 
In this concert, Ensemble MidtVest highlights well-known masterworks for clarinet trio and lesser-known Danish works.

Niels W. Gade (1817-1890): Fantasy pieces for Clarinet and Piano
C. Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17
Per Nørgaard (1932-): Spell for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Op. 40

Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Jonathan Slaatto, cello
Martin Qvist Hansen, piano
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Neil Page, horn
May 10, 10:00 am, New York City
Aaron Copland School of Music: Chamber Music Live!

Per Nørgaard (1932-): Spell for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Four pieces for Violin and Piano, Op 78
Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996): Eco for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Niels W. Gade (1817-1890): Fantasy pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Fantasy pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Piano Trio in G Major

Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Jonathan Slaatto, cello
Martin Qvist Hansen, piano
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
May 10, 7:30 pm, New York City

Per Nørgaard (1932-): Spell for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Four pieces for Violin and Piano, Op 78
Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996): Eco for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Fantasy pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Niels W. Gade (1817-1890): Fantasy pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Piano Trio in G Major

Karolina Weltrowska, violin
Jonathan Slaatto, cello
Martin Qvist Hansen, piano
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Charles Neidich, clarinet
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