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.
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
Pau Codina Masferrer
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
Dokumentering af EEs lydarkiv
Praktisk og Logistisk koordinering internt og eksternt
Nyhedsbrev, invitationer, opdatering web koncertkalender
B&U / Skolekoncerter
Board of Directors
Ulla Kamp Knudsen
Hans Erik Andersen