ABOUT ESBJERG ENSEMBLE

- uncompromising classical chamber music

Esbjerg Esemble - who are we?

Esbjerg Ensemble performs classical chamber music with an uncompromising sense of quality, and is recognised for its innovative and versatile programming. The ensemble currently consists of ten passionate, expressive musicians from the four corners of the globe, all especially selected for their unique qualities. The ensemble is made up of a wind quintet, a string quartet and percussion. Guest musicians are hand-selected to extend the line-up when programmes demand piano and double bass.

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The First Professional Chamber Ensemble

On the initiative of local forces and the Danish Ministry for Culture, Esbjerg Ensemble, the first professional chamber ensemble in Denmark, was founded in 1967. The ensemble has set the standard for chamber music in Denmark and has had an immense influence on the entire cultural scene in our region as well as throughout Denmark. Its mission then was the same as it is today: to perform classical chamber music at the highest level, primarily in southwest Jutland, but also nationally and internationally.. We perform some 80 concerts a year, with varied programmes including chamber concerts, school concerts, operas, festival collaborations at home and abroad, workshops for young composers and numerous other projects.

Increasing Focus on Young People

We work closely with the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark, music- and public schools in the region to provide the next generation with the ultimate inspiration to focus on and develop classical music.
Esbjerg Ensemble plays the full spectrum of classical music, but it is widely known for its style- savvy interpretation of contemporary works, often making it the natural choice when living composers are looking for ensembles to première or record new compositions. The annual workshop, which gives young composers the opportunity to work with the ensemble, is an institution on the Danish music scene.

Esbjerg Ensemble – a Significant Ambassador

Esbjerg Ensemble has always had a close relationship with contemporary composers. The annual workshop, which gives young composers the opportunity to work with the ensemble, is an institution on the Danish music scene. The ensemble has enjoyed ongoing, fruitful collaborations with important contemporary Danish composers, and has thus been one of Denmark’s most important ambassadors for the greats of our time: Bent Sørensen, Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders.

Besides concerts in Denmark, Esbjerg Ensemble is often to be found gracing international stages – most recently through invitations to Bergen International Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, Nordlichter Berlin, two major tours to Taiwan and regular concerts in Northern Germany, to name but a few. Danmarks Radio airs six to eight of our chamber concerts a year and the ensemble records regularly its activities on CD’s and concert transmissions – listen here

Esbjerg Ensemble receives funding from the Danish Arts Foundation and Esbjerg Municipality in addition to various funds – see our sponsors and collaborations for more information.

Musicians of the Ensemble

Christian Martinez

Christian Martinez

Percussion

Joke Wijma

Joke Wijma

Horn

Kerstin Thiele

Kerstin Thiele

Flute

Michel Camille

Michel Camille

Viola

Pau Codina Masferrer

Pau Codina Masferrer

Cello

Bogdan Bozovic

Bogdan Bozovic

Violin

Ron Chen-Zien

Ron Chen-Zien

Clarinet

Antti Salovaara

Antti Salovaara

Bassoon

VAKANT

VAKANT

Violin

VAKANT

VAKANT

Oboe

our office

Gabriella Bergman

Gabriella Bergman

Ensemblechef

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Gabriella Bergman er oprindeligt uddannet fagottist fra Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium i København, senere projektleder fra IHM Business School samt chefuddannet fra Stockholm School of Economics under Stockholms universitet.

Gabriella var fra 2001 ansat som fagottist i Malmö SymfoniOrkester, og fra 2005 fik hun sideløbende med sin stilling som musiker, mulighed for at udvikle orkestrets børne- og ungeafdeling som bl.a. resulterede i, at Gabriella fik lov at implementere børne- og ungevirksomheden for Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester i Stockholm.

I 2014 overgik hun til at arbejde administrativt for orkestret, og 2015 tiltrådte hun stillingen som kunstnerisk chef for musik på Spira i Jönköping.
Gabriella har stor erfaring i at formidle musik ved såvel foredrag som koncertintroduktioner.

Den nyskrevne musik har hun erfaringer med både fra det kammermusikalske aspekt, hvor hun som medlem af Kvartetten Danske Rør var med til at bestille adskillige værker hos danske og nordiske komponister.
I Jönköping var Gabriella endvidere en af drivkræfterne for bestillingsværker, samt opførelserne af nyskrevet musik, herunder den dansk/tyske komponist Søren Nils Eichbergs opera: Glare

Den 1. september 2020 tiltræder hun stilling som ensemblechef for Esbjerg Ensemble

Leif Pedersen

Leif Pedersen

Forretningsfører

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Daglig Økonomi
Dokumentering af EEs lydarkiv

Pia Jørs

Pia Jørs

Koordinator

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Praktisk og Logistisk koordinering internt og eksternt
Fundraising
Kontrakter
Kommunikationsopgaver:
Nyhedsbrev, invitationer, opdatering web koncertkalender
B&U / Skolekoncerter
Publikumstatistik
YAB

Lars Tirsbæk

Lars Tirsbæk

Digital kommunikationsmedarbejder

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Lars fungerer som ensemblets multimedie konsulent. 

Lars er også ansvarlig for produktion af videomateriale til ensemblets YouTube kanal.

 

Board of Directors

Peter Amstrup

Peter Amstrup

Formand

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25 års erfaring med økonomistyring, bygningsdrift, personaleledelse, organisationsudvikling. 9 år som formand for Danske Erhvervsskoler og gymnasier. Certificeret auditor på ISO 9000. 6 års erfaring med kvalitetsstyring.

Udpeget som bestyrelsesformand for Esbjerg Ensemble i 2020.

Birgitte Ebert

Birgitte Ebert

Næstformand

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Domorganist i Ribe siden 2000, medlem af Ribe Musikforenings bestyrelse, medstifter af og koordinator for Rued Langgaard Selskabet og Rued Langgaard Festival, medlem af aftagerpanelet for Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium, medlem af bestyrelsen for Vestjysk Orgelfestival.

Medlem af Esbjerg Ensembles bestyrelse siden 2012 og udpeget af erhvervslivet som næstformand i 2020.

Hans Erik Andersen

Hans Erik Andersen

Esbjerg Kommune

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Sidder i Esbjerg Byråd som medlem af Kultur- og Fritidsudvalget. Er bestyrelsesmedlem i Breinholt & Hustrus Legat 2018-2021.

Medlem af Esbjerg Ensembles bestyrelse i 2020.

Michael Harbøl

Michael Harbøl

Esbjerg Kommune

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Er ansat hos Politiet. Sidder i Esbjerg Byråd som medlem af Børn- og Familieudvalget.

Medlem af Esbjerg Ensembles bestyrelse siden 2019.

John Juel

John Juel

Udpeget af erhvervslivet

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Afdelingsleder i Sydbank. 33 år erfaring fra finansverdenen. Bred erfaring med bestyrelsesarbejde og foreningsliv.

Medlem af Esbjerg Ensembles bestyrelse siden 2012.

Kerstin Thiele

Kerstin Thiele

Medarbejdervalgt

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Fløjtenist hos Esbjerg Ensemble siden 1986. Medarbejdervalgt bestyrelsesmedlem.