© Nikolaj Lund

Esbjerg Ensemble

Bent Sørensen: Falling Darkness (2017)
Outi Tarkiainen: : Siimes (2017)
Li-Ying Wu: Ritournelle - Rondo alla L'albatro vermicolato (2018)
Juliana Hodkinson: Why linger you trembling in your shell (1999)
Jovanka Trbojevic: Zuti put (commissioned by Tampere Biennale in 1996)

Ernst Kovacic – conductor, Julie Eskær – violin, Sakari Tepponen - violin, Michel Camille – viola, Carl-Oscar Østerlind – cello, Valur Pálsson – double bass, Kerstin Thiele – flute, Felicia Greciuc - oboe, Ron Chen-Zion – clarinet, Antti Salovaara – bassoon, Joke Wijma – horn, Christian Martinez – percussion

The concert ends at about 16.15

Esbjerg Ensemble was founded in 1967 as the first professional chamber ensemble in Denmark, initiated by local forces and the Ministry of Culture, and has since kept the flag flying as a role model for similar ensembles in Denmark and abroad. The ensemble plays the complete canon of classical music, is recognized for its innovative and versatile programs, and is especially known for its reliable interpretation of contemporary works.

Since the beginning, the ensemble has had a close cooperation with composers of our time, and pivotal figures like Karl-Aage Rasmussen, Hans Abrahamsen and Peter Bruun have been artistic directors over the years – a relationship that continues to develop through the annual workshop for young composers, where the ensemble first got to know namely the three now established Danish composers presented in this concert program.

Our program for this concert offers a win-win: The possibility for the ensemble to add two exciting Finnish pieces to their repertoire, and the presentation of three composers from Esbjerg Ensemble’s steady network of composers to a Finnish audience. Three composers who left their home country to seek musical and personal inspiration is one suggested path in this program, alongside a Finnish shooting star and a mature Danish master.

- Katrine Ganer Skaug