Pau Codina was born in 1988 in Barcelona and began studying the cello at the age of five with Eulalia Subirà. Other teachers to date have included Ivan Chiffoleau, Daniel Grosgurin, Peter Thiemann and Louise Hopkins. He graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2006, and from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with first class honours in 2010. He later obtained a Solo Artist Diploma from the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, where he studied with Gary Hoffman
Pau Codina has received scholarships from the Fundació Pau Casals andGeneralitat de Catalunya.
Over the course of his career so far he has taken part in several International Music Festivals such as the Manchester Cello & Chamber Music Festival and the Kronberg Cello Festival. He has also performed extensively throughout Spain, England and Germany, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, the Pau Casals Auditorium, L’Auditori de Barcelona and the Palau de la Musica Catalana Concert Hall in Barcelona. He has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras such as the Barcelona Sinfonietta, the Empordà Chamber Orchestra, the Andorra Chamber Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid and the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès. He also recorded Saint-Saens Suite op.16 for cello and orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege and conductor Christian Arming under the label Fuga Libera. He recently debuted as a soloist with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC).
Pau is also a keen chamber musician, being a member of the Idomeneo Quartet and the Cellophony cello ensemble, with which he has performed in major venues throughout England, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Away from the concert platform, Pau has won several competitions and awards, such as the MBF’s Guilhermina Suggia award 2004 & 2007 and the Geofrey Shaw Scholarship, the Martin Musical Scholarship, the Kronberg Cello Festival Schlosskonzert prize, both third prize as well as the Critique’s award in the Primer Palau Competition in Barcelona, and the first prize as well as the EMCY award in the Concurso Permanente competition of Jeunesses Musicales of Spain.
Versatile violinist Arisa Fujita is in great demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Preceding her recent move to The Netherlands, she was a professor of violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London for nearly two decades.
Recent highlights include a tour of Sweden with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, a performance with the Kyoto Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, performances at the Salzburg Festival, and a concert including Ravel’s Duo for Violin & Cello with Steven Isserlis, Béatrice Muthelet and Connie Shih at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.
Born in Japan, Arisa came to England in 1985 to study with David Takeno. After winning the Audi Junior Musician Competition in 1988, she entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991. Whilst at the Guildhall, she won all the available violin prizes, including the Rose Bowl, Sheriff's Prize and a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Arisa was also a recipient of an Emily English Award, Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and a Boise Foundation Scholarship.
Arisa has performed extensively worldwide as a soloist and as a member of the distinguished Fujita Piano Trio formed with her two sisters as well as the first violinist of the international prize-winning Gémeaux Quartett. Highlights include a tour of Italy, Morocco and Egypt organised by the Japan Foundation and numerous performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto including a live TV and Radio broadcast with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest. Since their Wigmore Hall debut in 1999, the Trio has performed at major London venues and throughout the UK at more than 120 venues.
Arisa has collaborated with various artists including Joshua Bell, Martin Lovett, Murray Perahia, Alexander Rudin and Steven Isserlis, with whom she has performed on numerous occasions including at the Wigmore, Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and in Japan, Austria, Ireland and in France. Arisa has been invited to the Open Chamber Music Seminar of the IMS Prussia Cove for many years and has also taken part in their national tour, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Following the release to critical acclaim of a CD with chamber works by Toru Takemitsu on the ASV Label, Arisa has recorded Ysaÿe’s 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, the Tchaikovsky Trio, Shostakovich/Ravel Trios, Schubert Trios, Dvorak“Dumky”/Smetana Piano Trios and Mendelssohn Trios all with Intim Musik Label. Arisa plays on a 1772 violin by G.B. Guadagnini, kindly loaned to her by a generous benefactor.
Christian Martinez commenced his percussion studies in his
home town of Cali in Columbia. Later followed studies at theManhattan School of Music in New York and at Rogaland Music Conservatory in Stavanger. In 1996 he graduated
from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen,
the same year he became a member of Esbjerg Ensemble.Christian Martínez has participated as a chamber musician
and soloist at several festivals and concerts in Scandinavia,Europe, USA, Latin America and Taiwan. Most recently at
the Nordic Music Days Festival in 2010, Athelas New Music
Festival in 2011, Percussion Plus Festival Aarhus in 2012
and Kalliokuninkala Festival in 2012 and Percussion Plusin 2014, both in Finland.In January 2014, Esbjerg Ensemble
collaborated with “the king” of baritones, Omar Ebrahim,
in the first Scandinavian performance of György Kurtágs,“Pas a pas, nulle-part” for baritone, string trio and percussion.
In the year 2010, Christian Martinez released his first soloCD “Rhythmical Séance” with Per Nørgård’s I Ching as well
as pieces by Ivar Frounberg and Ejnar Kanding. The
collaboration with Nørgård led to 2 new pieces included in
this CD: a concerto for percussion and ensemble called
Three Scenes as well as Arabesques I, II, III (2011) for solo percussion. Both pieces are dedicated to ChristianMartínez and Esbjerg Ensemble.
Young Yoon was born in Seoul, and after having begun early studies at Seoul National University of the Arts,
left her hometown at the age of twelve to study with Zakhar Bron, and later with Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet.
Early success in Competitions such as the "Young Wieniawsky Competition", the "International A.Curci Comeptition" and the "Franz Schubert and the modern music competition" resulted in numerous important concert engagements in Asia and Europe.
Yoon's passion for chamber music led her to collaborate with artists including Menahem Pressler, David Geringas, Laszlo Fenyo, Dong-Suk Kang, Kuss Quaret , among others and has taken her to Festivals such as the "Seiji Ozawa Academy" , the " Seoul Spring Festival" and the "Tongyeong Festival".
Currently she is member of the Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble Seoul, Trio Pharos and artist of Artsylvia Foundation Korea.
Yoon performs on the 1744 Carlo Bergonzi.
Tim recently completed his undergraduate degree with Alexander Janiczek at the Guildhall School of Music in London where he was awarded a Concert Recital Diploma and the Lord Mayor’s Prize for the highest mark across the music department, and was subsequently invited to return as a Chamber Fellow.Born to two violinist parents, Tim attended the Royal Academy of Music from the age of 4. He was also a chorister at the Temple Choir in London, and head chorister for his final two year, recording disks for both Signum and Decca labels. Starting his first serious string quartet in 2011, the Celan Quartet, he has been a regular at many of the chamber festivals both in the UK and abroad. Now a member of the Barbican Quartet, who recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society Eugenie Frost Music Prize, as well as support from the Hattori Foundation and winning the St James’ Chamber Music Prize.Tim has attended the IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses since he turned 18, and in 2018 was invited to play on the IMS Open Chamber Music Tour, ending at the Wigmore Hall in London, alongside artists such as Adrian Brendel and Las Anders Tomter. Tim has performed alongside artists such as Steven Isserlis, Lawrence Power, Alexi Kenney, Philippe Graffin, Amy Norrington, Alasdair Beatson, Bengt Forsberg, Timothy Ridout, Paolo Giacometti. He is a regular of Musikdorf Ernen, IMS Prussia Cove, Lewes Chamber Festival and and looks forward to attending the West Wycombe Chamber Festival and Resonances festivals this year. He has also recently been asked to lead the new string ensemble set up by Lawrence Power, Collegium. Tim plays a Ferdinand Gagliano, c.1770.
Michel Camille has been engaged as the Esbjerg Ensemble’s viola player since 1995 and from 1997 – 2001 presided as the Ensemble’s Artistic Director. In 1999 Michel founded the annual Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival and as its Artistic and Administrative Director, has collaborated with Denmark’s most notable composers and invited chamber musicians and soloists from all over the world.During his education, Michel Camille won numerous awards, the first when he was only 11 years old – a full scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school.
As a pupil of one of England’s elite music schools he received an intense musical education combined with frequent appearances as a soloist as well as an ensemble musician. For Michel’s part, that meant performing with legends such as Yehudi Menuhin, Yfrah Neamen, Norman delMar and Igor Ozim in concert halls in Europe and further afield.
After turning 18, Michel also won awards for solo and chamber music appearances in London as a viola player, including the “Premier Prix” at the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied with Professor David Takeno, and later the “Concerto prize” at Banff Fine Arts.
After a short period playing often as principal with orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin, LPO, the BBC Symphony, London Musici, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia, Michel decided to entirely devote to chamber music. Since then he has worked for both the classical and the contemporary chamber music scene as a performer on the international stage, as well as an Artistic Director introducing innovative programming, and has brought colourful Art forms as demonstrated by collaborations with dance, puppet theatre & music of our time.
- Pere Puertas Masferrer was born in 1999 in Barcelona. He started playing cello at theage of 4 with Eulàlia Subirà, he continued his studies with Anna Mora and got into the conservatoire in Vic in 2012 and studied with Daniel Oliu. During this time Pere won several prizes in both solo and chamber music national competitions.
In 2014 Pere won the first prize of theVicCelloFestival competition which provided him with an orchestral debut. Months later he was accepted at the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Bartholomew Lafollette. He was awarded a Puig Porret scolarship to help with his studies in England. During his time at the Menuhin school Pere has played in venues such as Kings Place, the Wigmore hall and the Menuhin hall. He played with an ensemble and Emmanuel Despax for BBC radio and in hislast year did a tour in Spain with the school’s orchestra performing in Zaragoza, El Vendrell, Valencia and Madrid. He has also performed in the Gstaad Menuhin festival with the school’s orchestra. During his studies so far, he has received guidance from musicians such as Pau Codina, Lluís Claret, Claudio Bohórquez, Gustav Rivinius, Colin Carr, Gary Hoffman, members of the Endellion and Emerson quartets and others.
This last year Pere has been studying at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu with professor Erica Wise and the support of a Ferrer Salat scolarship.
Matthijs Broersma was born in Holland and began playing the cello at the age of four. After studying
at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov, he continued his studies
at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Hochschule der Künste, Bern.
He received numerous scholarships and awards from the VandenEnde Foundation, Fonds voor de
Podiumkunsten, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, The Musicians
Benevolent Fund and the Lyra Foundation and in 2010 he won 1st prize in the Kenneth Page Cello
He participated in masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove and elsewhere with Colin Carr, Bernard
Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis and Arto Noras and has taken
part in festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland,
the Paxos International Music Festival in Greece and The International Holland Music Sessions.
As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed extensively worldwide, performing in
venues such as the Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall. Recent highlights include the
Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Elgar Concerto conducted
by Christopher Warren-Green, and solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room
and the Menuhin Hall.
Matthijs is also the cellist of the Gémeaux Quartett, a firmly established international prize
winning Swiss quartet. In 2012 the Quartet won 2nd prize in both the International “Franz
Schubert and Modern Music” Competition in Graz and the International Joseph Haydn
Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. Recently the quartet was guest at festivals in
Germany, Austria and Sweden, performed in Hong Kong with clarinettist Paul Meyer, at
Kings Place in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Köln and at the
World Economic Forum in Davos.
Future engagements include numerous solo and chamber music recitals across Europe
and in Japan as well as several performances of the Dvorak Concerto in Holland.
Isidora Timotijević was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1997
and received her first violin lessons at the age of seven.
At the age of
14 she changed to the viola and was tutored by
Tomislav Milosevic. Since 2015, she has been studying
at the MozarteumUniversity Salzburg with Professor
Thomas Riebl. She also receives a scholarship from the
International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein,
where she regularly participates in concerts and
masterclasses. She has won numerous prizes at national
and international competitions, both as a soloist and as a
Isidora regularly performs with the Deutsche Kammerakademie
Neuss am Rhein, Salzburg Chamber Soloists and Camerata
Salzburg, giving concerts in Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong,
South Korea, Switzerland and Austria. She has also participated
in many festivals worldwide, including Musique à Marsac (France),
Eggenfelden Klassisch Music festival (Germany), Festival Alpenarte
(Austria), Mendelssohn on Mull (Scotland), Olive Classic Festival
(Croatia) and in Festival Next Generation in Bad Ragaz.
In addition to her chamber music commitments, Isidora is also a
member of Ensemble Esperanza, an un-conducted chamber
orchestra made up of scholarship holders from the International
Academy of Music in Liechtenstein which was recently awarded
the OPUS Klassik award 2018.
Since 2017 Isidora has been the violist in the Beija-flor Quartet,
which she formed with her fellow students at the Motzarteum
University Salzburg. She plays a Bernd Hiller viola made in 2015.
In the last decade Christian Ihle Hadland has established himself as a true craftsman of the piano, a musician whose delicate, refined playing and individual touch have led him to the most prestigious stages in the world.
Christian came to international attention in 2011 when he began a two-year stint as a BBC New Generation Artist. As an NGA he performed with all five of the BBC’s symphony orchestras from London to Manchester and broadcast solo and chamber recitals for the corporation in London. As a finale to his tenure, Christian was the soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko; the concert was broadcast live and Christian was praised by London critics for his ‘pearly’ and ‘otherwordly’ sound.
Christian made his professional concerto debut with KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, aged 15. He has since performed with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia including the Swedish Radio and Danish National Symphony Orchestras, and the Royal Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo Philharmonics and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In the UK he has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, in addition to his work with the BBC orchestras. This season includes his debut with Orchestre National de Lyon, aside Leonard Slatkin, re-invitation to Helsinki Philharmonic with Thomas Søndergaard, as well as performances with BBC Philharmonic and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Christian is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has been Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, his hometown, since 2010. He is a frequent guest at The Wigmore Hall, since he gave his debut solo recital in 2013, and is a regular guest at the Bergen International Festival in Norway. He has also performed at the BBC Proms Chamber Music Series, where he collaborated with the Signum Quartet. In 2015 he gave a three-week chamber music tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American mezzo Susan Graham. In 2006, Christian performed with soprano Renée Fleming at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.
Christian is a respected recording artist whose disc of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated for the Spellemann Prize in 2014, the highest honour for recorded music in Norway. Christian’s Holberg Variations CD, recorded with Ensemble 1B1, won the Spellemann Prize in 2015. His recording of works for cello and piano by Grieg and Granger, made with the Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid, was released on BIS in 2015 and immediately named a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent album The Lark, released on Simax, was immediately nominated for Spellemann prize 2017.
Christian Ihle Hadland has played with renowned conductors at the highest level, including Sir Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt and Thomas Dausgaard.
Christian was born in Stavanger in 1983 and received his first piano lessons at the age of eight. At the age of eleven he entered the Rogaland Music Conservatory, and in 1999 began lessons with Professor Jiri Hlinka, both privately and at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.
- Kana Sugimura was born in New York to Japanese parents and took up the violin at the ageof five. Studying privately with Yfrah Neaman in the U.K., she continued her studies with
Takashi Shimizu at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai). After graduation on highest marks,
she served a year as assisting faculty. On receiving a grant from the Meiji-Yasuda Foundation,
she went on to study with Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hannover University of Music and Drama.
She has been awarded prizes at many international competitions such as the Premio Trio di
Trieste Chamber Music Competition (duo with pianists Natsumi Ohno and quartet with Flex
Ensemble), the first International Violin Competition in Qingdao, China, Jeunesses Musicales
International Competition in Belgrade and the Hannover International Violin Competition.
Kana Sugimura has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Japan Symphony Orchestra,
the New Japan Philharmonic, the Osaka Century Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
of Polish Radio, Baltic Symphony Orchestra, and the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. In 2007,
together with the Linos Ensemble, she gave the premiere of the arrangement of the violin
concerto of Alban Berg, by Andreas Tarkmann,
As guest concert master, she has joined orchestras such as the St.Gallen Symphony Orchestra, the South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, or the Northern German Broadcasting (NDR) Radio orchestra.
Since 2012 she is the co-founder and violinist of the Germany based piano quartet Flex Ensemble,
and concert master of chamber orchestra Musica Assoluta. She currently teaches at the
Hannover University of Music and Drama.
Amane Horie was born in Tokyo and started playing the violin at three years old. At the Tokyo College of Music and as a special scholarship student, Amane studied with Saiko Azuma. Amane subsequently moved to Berlin University of Arts for her master's degree, studying violin with Prof. Mark Gothoni and chamber music with the Artemis Quartett. Amane graduated with the highest distinction.
Amane has had masterclasses with Boris Belkin, György Pauk, Takashi Shimizu, Barnabás Kelemen, Igor Ozim and Federico Agostini.
She has had numerous successes in national and international competitions and as concertmaster and principal second vioin worked in orchestras such as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé and the Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam.
Since 2018 Amane has played as principal second violin of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein and as soloist, has performed throughout Europe and Asia.
- Eva Vrtacnik is a Slovenian oboe player. After receiving her master’s degree at the Academyof Music in Ljubljana with Matej Sarc, she continued her studies at the Royal Danish Academy
of Music with Max Artved and Joakim Dam Thomsen and is currently in the soloist class at
the Syddansk Musikkonservatorium with Henrik Skotte.
After having been on contract in Odense Symfoniorkester for 2 seasons as the solo english
horn player, Eva is now on contract with the Esbjerg Ensemble.
Eva has played with many different orchestras and ensembles in Slovenia, Sweden and
Denmark including the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra,
Royal Danish Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
Ron Chen-Zion, Clarinet
Ron Chen-Zion has been a member of Esbjerg Ensemble since 1993.
“When I was 11, I happened to get the mail one day and found among them an advertisement that read: “Learn to play an instrument inonly three months”. When I subsequently turned up at the music school, they only had one instrument for loan: the clarinet. We were two students who had to share the instrument and because we had clarinet lessons onThursdays, the other student and I each had the clarinet three days a week”.Ron Chen-Zion began his studies with Richard Lesser of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1986 he moved to the US where he continued his studies and graduated from the New England Conservatory.
In 1990, Ron Chen–Zion was appointed solo clarinetist atThe State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. As achamber m
usician, he has quite frequently been invited to Rudolf Serkins Marlboro Music Festival in the United States and has performed in most of Europe, Israel and the Americas. Ron Chen-Zion has recorded several CDs, including one highly praised rendering of Max Regers’ pieces for clarinet and piano.
Ekaterina began her violin studies at the age of five at the Special Music
School in Moscow. From this early age, she began to familiarise herself with the stage; she won prizes at regional competitions and participated in local festivals.
At the age of 16, she joined the Academy of Music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, this time as a viola player. During this time her interest and passion towards chamber music grew and developed.
At age of 20 she joined the class of Aleksandr Akimov at the Russian Gnesins Music Academy. During her studies there, Ekaterina won various prizes at international competitions, including the 1st prize at the International Music Competition in Madrid, Spain.
After moving to the Netherlands, she studied with Prof. Michael Kugel at the Maastricht Conservatory, graduating with a Bachelor and a Masters degree.
Currently, Ekaterina is a guest player with many different European orchestras. She also performs with several chamber groups as well.
In 2015, as a member of Eurasia quartet she won masterclasses at the Storioni competition and later received the Henriëtte Hustinx prize.
Bogdan Božović enjoys a versatile international career as chamber musician, soloist and chamber orchestra leader. As violinist of the world-renowned Vienna Piano Trio from 2012 to 2015, he has toured Europe, the Americas and Asia, appearing in some of the most prestigious chamber music venues, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris and The Frick Collection in New York. He has made two critically acclaimed recordings with the ensemble on the label MD&G, featuring works by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns.
His chamber music festival performances include IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, England (member of the tour-ensemble in 2011), Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, as well as the Prades, Båstad, Gstaad, Whittington, Nuremberg, Caramoor and Ottawa festivals and series. Among his chamber music partners are Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lukas Hagen and Veronika Hagen. His live recordings have had multiple international broadcasts including those by BBC Radio 3, Radio France, WDR 3, NPO Radio 4, WQXR-FM New York and Radio Beograd.
Bogdan’s recent solo-appearances include the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra Basel. He has been guest leader of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble DIAGONAL Basel (in their Lucerne festival-performance), Ensemble Phoenix in Basel and others. He is a founding member of the Leondari Ensemble, resident ensemble at the annual Saronic Chamber Music Festival in Greece.
Bogdan has given master-classes at the Royal College of Music in London, Leeds College of Music and has been a tutor at the chamber music seminar MusicWorks in West Sussex/England.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, he studied with Vesna Stanković at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Klara Flieder at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and obtained his masters degree with distinction in the class of Rainer Schmidt at the Basel Academy of Music. Other important musical influences were from lessons with Ferenc Rados, Pamela Frank, Chiara Banchini (baroque violin) and collaborations with contemporary composers such as Heinz Holliger and Georg Friedrich Haas.
Bogdan plays on the “ex-Arma Senkrah” Stradivarius violin from 1685, on generous loan from the Ruggieri Foundation.
Jesper Lützhøft, konferencier m.m.
The Danish guitarist, music producer, and formeropera and orchestra director, Jesper Lützhøft,
made his debut as a soloist at the Royal. Danish Academy of Music in 1987 and has since haunted
the Danish music scene on many different levels.
From 2001 to 2007 he was engaged at Danish
Broadcasting Corporation where he organized achamber music competition and introduced music
to the audience with the concert series
"Kammermusik med Birkes". In recent years
he performed concertos at the Hindsgavl
Festival with the the Odense Symfoniorkester.
- Joke Wijma has been a member of Esbjerg Ensemble since 2005.“Playing Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Sea Eagle” for solo horn outdoors, while a bird of prey
show took place, has been the most remarkable experience I have had with the Ensemble.”
After studying with Frank Brouns and Hans Dullarert at the Conservatory in
Groningen, Joke Wijma continued her studies at the Hochschule for Music
and Theatre in Hamburg, where the Dutch hornist Ab Koster was professor.
After graduating in 2004, she continued her studies with Koster as wellas working with the Duisburger Philharmoniker as an intern.
The Finnish violinist Sini Simonen enjoys an active international
career as a chamber musician and soloist. She is the leader of
Castalian String Quartet and the violinist of Calvino Piano Trio.
Simonen has won top prizes in several major international violin
competitions including the Flesch, Lipizer and Cremona
competitions. She has also won prizes in the Brahms, Lyon,
ARD, Banff and Citta di Pinerolo chamber music competitions.
She studied in Sibelius Academy, Musikhochschule Hannover
and Musik-Akademie Basel with Lara Lev and Rainer Schmidt
among others. Masterclasses and collaborations with Ferenc
Rados, Gerhard Schulz, Sir Andras Schiff, Miriam Fried, and
Ursula Smith provided important influences.
From 2013 to 2017, Sini was a violinist of Esbjerg Ensemble,
one of Denmark’s oldest chamber groups. The ensemble is
comprised of a string quartet, wind quintet and percussion,
and it is known for its innovative programmes combining
contemporary and classical music.
She has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras
including Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki
Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Cologne
Chamber Orchestra, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Her cd recordings as a
soloist include Bach’s double violin concerto with Helsinki
Strings (Warner) and Vivaldi’s concerto for 3 violins (tacet).
Her chamber music partners have included Ferenc Rados,
Robert Levin, Midori and Steven Isserlis.
She plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from 1760
on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Oscar Alabau was born in Barcelona in 1988. He began his cello studies with his father Joaquim Alabau. In 2006 he entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Professor Louise Hopkins where he completed his higher studies and a Master in Performance. He also completed the Soloist Artist Diploma with a full scholarship from the Guildhall School Trust. He completed his studies thanks to scholarships awarded by the Pau Casals Foundation, Generalitat de Catalunya, Juventudes Musicales de Madrid, MBF, Craxton and WCOM de Londres. Other determining personalities in his artistic development have been Lluís Claret at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu and Ralf Gothóni at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.
Winner in national and international competitions such as the Guilhermina Suggia International Competition in London, Juventudes Musicales, Primer Palau, Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform Price, BBVA Montserrat Alavedra Award, Prince's Price in London, etc. He has participated in international festivals such as Gstaad, City of London Festival; IMS Prussia Cove to Cornwall; Santander Music and Academy Meeting, Aspen Music Festival USA, etc. Sharing the stage with Janine Jansen playing the quintet of F. Schubert, Eldar Nebolsin at the Santander Festival, Antonio Menéses, Wolfram Christ, Levon Chilinguirian, Mathew Jones, Caroline Haffner, etc.
He made his debut at London's Wigmore Hall and as a soloist he has performed extensively for Ingaterra, on various occasions performing the Elgar and Schumann concert in London's St. John's Smith Square, at the Barcelona Auditorium with the F. Gulda concert, Rococó Variations by PL Tchaikovsky at the Sotogrande Festival and at the Pau Casals del Vendrell Auditorium, etc. He did an artistic residency at La Pedrera where he gave various recitals. He also premiered a work by Albert Guinovart performed together with Guinovart and the new work for cello solo by JS Abdelmoula.
Alabau is a teacher of Cello and Chamber Music at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Liceo and is assistant soloist of the Orchestra of the Gran Teatro del Liceo.
Oscar plays a Camillus Camilli fecit Mantua 1745 cello on loan from Mrs Ursula Herman, a Thiboubille-Lamy bow funded by the Wolfson Foundation of London and a fine Lafleur School cello bow on loan from London Brompton's.
Kerstin Thiele has been a member of Esbjerg Ensemble since 1986.
“It was a bit of a coincidence that I started playing flute. My sister and fatherplayed in the local brass band and they needed a flute player, so that position was just for me.” Kerstin is a member of the board, appointed by the other musicians. Kerstin Thiele studied with solo flutist Toke Lund Christiansen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and with Professor Andre Jaunet in Zurich. Besides being a member of Esbjerg Ensemble, Kerstin Thiele participates actively in the rest of the music scene at home and abroad, and she is also a teacher at South Jutland Academy of Music.
Dana Zemtsov Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. Highlights in this and the past seasons include Danas performance of the Bartok Viola Concerto in Tallinn and 2 concerts of Mozart Concertante in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) with the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, playing chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, and a recital in Carnegie Hall (New York). In 2016 Dana was invited to join the 43rd International Viola Congress as a Guest of Honour together with renown violists such as Ettore Causa, Bruno Giuranna and Tabea Zimmerman. In 2012 she signed an exclusive record deal with Channel Classics Records for three recordings, of which all three “Enigma”, "Romantic Metamorphoses” and “Essentia" - her first orchestra recording with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Raiskin have been received successfully by international press.Dana is 1st Prize laureate of several competitions in Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands. In 2010 she won the Dutch competition ''Evening of the Young Musician", became the "Young Musician of the Year" and represented The Netherlands at the “Eurovision Young Musicians Competition” in Vienna. She has also been awarded the prestigious Anton Kersjesprijs 2014 and has been invited to perform at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Kersjesfonds in the big hall of the Concertgebouw.
Dana is regularly appearing on the most important international stages, amongst others the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York). Dana played chamber music with Janine Jansen, Itzhak Perlman, Pieter Wispelwey, Martin Frost and pianist Anna Fedorova. As a soloist, Dana performed and will perform with amongst others the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, St. Michael String Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic (Netherlands) and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with conductors as Conrad van Alphen, Daniel Raiskin, Fabio Mechetti, Otto Tausk and Leif Segerstam.
International tours brought and bring Dana to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Peru and the USA. She participated in the “Stars of Tomorrow” tour in Germany. Performed at the biggest festivals in the Netherlands as the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Grachten Festival, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht furthermore Dana appears in international festivals such as Kuhmo (Finland), Hemsing Festival (Norway) and Davos Festival (Zwitserland) West Cork Festival (Ireland) and International Music Festival Koblenz (Germany) amongst others. Dana was born in 1992 in Mexico City. At the age of 5 she received her first music lessons from her grandmother and from her parents, both viola players (Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein). She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Maastricht with the famous viola virtuoso Michael Kugel .
Bálint was born in 1988 in Gyor (Hungary), where he began his musical studies at the age of six.
In 2006 he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.
After graduating in Hungary, Bálint continued his training at the Conservatory of Lausanne
(Switzerland) with Gunars Larsens, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on a 'RTÉ Lyric fm'
scholarship with Mariana Sirbu and Bruno Giuranna, and the 'Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Mendelssohn Bartholdy' in Leipzig (Germany) on a 'Brot für die Welt' scholarship, where he completed
his Master’s Degree with highest distinction.
As an orchestral and chamber musician, Bálint has played with the 'Junge Deutsche Philharmonie',
’Mendelssohn Kammerorchester’, Orchesterinstitut Attergau /Wiener Philharmoniker . He has
participated on festivals such as McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA),
Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival, Encuentro de Música Y Academia de Santander, Langvad
Chambermusic Jamboree, Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus Weikersheim.
He had masterclasses with the Alban Berg Quartet, Casals Quartet, Mathieu Herzog, Zakhar Bron,
Radovan Vlatković, Diemut Poppen, Edward Zienkowski, Gyula Stuller and Tibor Varga.
Bálint has also appeared as a soloist playing C. Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3 and L. V. Beethoven
Triple Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Győr.
Bálint is a member of the Idomeneo Quartet, the Duo Váray-Sorozábal and leads the 2nd violin
section of the Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia Madrid.
It was a bit scary in the beginning to find out that it is not that
easy to play the bassoon. Like, I played the first month on a
plastic reed I found in the case of the music school instrument
and was advancing really quickly. I was naturally in my mind
on my way to become the next genius superstar of the
bassooning, the one that would just change the way we think
about everything in life. Then it hit me that there is a number
of tone exercises, study pieces and scales to play and a huge
number of wooden mouthpieces to make yourself before I
could actually even dream about any kind of professional
musician’s life. The instrument case started to feel really
heavy and I became very upset for a moment.
By the following weeks and months I was still in a way
curious to find out how one actually could produce tone,
a phrase, different sounds on this strange instrument
so I kept playing it every now and then, not really
The lucky part for me really was that at already a
very early stage of my bassoon hobby, after some
months of struggle, I met new friends, teachers
and other musicians among some colleagues-to-be
with whom I was immediately able to relate in terms
of enthusiasm, joy of playing and the way you think
about your art and music. Knowing that someone
shared my views and likes to do things that I like as
well was a powerful experience that made the
technical limit so much more bearable.
I think I chose art as a way of life rather than
I chose the instrument, but I feel very happy
that I ended up playing the bassoon as my
main thing, it might be the form of art that
I in a very personal level enjoy the most.