Special Projects


Brussels-based chamber music ensemble Carousel gathers together eleven talented young musicians, who aim to perform chamber music at the highest artistic level. Coming from eight European countries, Carousel’s enthusiastic musicians offer a modern and creative approach to both well-known repertoires as well as contemporary works. The ensemble has the privilege of being at the creative heart of music premiering pieces written for them by a composer in residence.

Carousel’s programs are flexible, varying from trio to octet, and covering a large wide ranging repertoire. Their founding members are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe and violinist Samuel Nemtanu and together with the others in the ensemble, they wish Carousel to bring its listeners closer to the ensemble’s core philosophy: communicating in a universal language that connects people and dissolves cultural and artistic borders.

Carousel will take you on a vivid, joyful and enthusiastic musical ride, which will appeal to all who enjoy great music played with passion and commitment.

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Modern music

Works dedicated to Annelien Van Wauwe:

Manfred Trojahn: ‘Sonata V’ for clarinet and piano
World premiere at Zürich Tonhalle March 6th 2017
commissioned by BBCRadio3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society

Jelle Tassyns: ‘Aria’ for clarinet and piano
World premiere at de Singel Antwerpen January 2016

Wim Henderickx: ‘Sutra’ for clarinet, orchestra and electronics
co-commissioned by Borletti Buitoni Trust
1. Pranayama: the breath of live
2. Dhyana: meditation
3. Dharana: mind concentration
4. Samadhi: intense spiritual union

SUTRA will be a spiritual meditation in which extreme virtuosity is coupled with an intense musical experience.
Passages of peace, meditation and silence are combined with violent outbursts.


modern clarinet & orchestra

Kalevi Aho: clarinet concerto  (2007)

Malcolm Arnold: clarinet concerto Nr. 2

Luigi Bassi: fantasia da concerto Rigoletto

Johannes Brahms: sonata for piano and clarinet Op. 120 Nr.1 F minor (arr. Luciano Berio)

Dirk Brossé: war concerto (2019)

Max Bruch: concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra Op. 88

Ferruccio Busoni: concertino

Eliott Carter: clarinet concerto (1996)

Ernest Chausson: andante et allegro (arr. Jelle Tassyns)

Aaron Copland: concerto for clarinet, string orchestra, piano and harp

Claude Debussy: première rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre 8’

Edison Denisow: clarinet concerto (1989)

Péter Eötvös: Levitation for two clarinets and string orchestra (2007)

Gerald Finzi: clarinet concerto Op. 31

Jean Françaix: concerto for clarinet

Karl Amadeus Hartmann: chamber concerto for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra

Wim Henderickx: new commission ‘Sutra’ for orchestra, clarinet and electronics (2022-23)

Paul Hindemith: clarinet concerto

Magnus Lindberg: clarinet concerto

Witold Lutoslawski: dance preludes (arrangement for clarinet and orchestra)

James MacMillan: Tuireadh clarinet and string orchestra (1991, arr. 1995)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: concert pieces for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra Op. 113&114

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: concerto for bassett clarinet and orchestra A Major KV 622

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for four winds in Eflat major KV 297b *

Carl Nielsen: concerto for clarinet and orchestra Op. 57

Krzysztof Penderecki: clarinet concerto (1983)

Gabriël Pierné: canzonetta

Sergeij Prokofieff: sonata for flute and piano D major Op. 94  (arr. Kent Kennan)

Julius Rietz: clarinet concerto in G minor Op. 29

Giacomo Rossini: introduction, theme & variations

Kaija Saariaho: D’om le vrai sens (2010)

Richard Strauss: duet concertino for bassoon, clarinet, harp and strings TrV 293

Toru Takemitsu: fantasma/cantos

Jelle Tassyns: concerto for bassoon and clarinet (dedication, 2021)

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Riffs and Refrains (2003)

Manfred Trojahn: rhapsodie

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: clarinet concerto Op. 104

Carl Maria von Weber: concertino in Eflat Major Op. 26

Carl Maria von Weber: quintet for clarinet and string orchestra Op. 34

Carl Maria von Weber: clarinet concerto Nr. 1 in f Moll Op. 73 & Nr. 2 in Eb-major Op. 74

Charles Marie Widor: introduction and rondo (arr. Jelle Tassyns)


chamber music


Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet & Evgenia Rubinova, piano


Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) Andante & Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Moments musicaux Op. 16: Nr 2 Allegretto

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonate für Klavier und Klarinette Op. 120/1

– interval –

Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) Canzonetta Op. 19

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Première rhapsodie

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Estampes (solo piano)

Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937) Introduction et Rondo Op. 73



Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet & Evgenia Rubinova, piano 


Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Clarinet Sonata

John Novacek Four rags for two jons (2014)

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Clarinet Sonata Op. 1

– interval –

Joseph Horovitz (1926) Sonatina for clarinet and piano (1981)

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) Five bagatelles for clarinet and piano Op. 23

Jean Françaix (1912-1997) Tema con variazioni


detailed programs via Carousel’s website

Let’s dance (trio/ clarinet, violin, piano)

Awakening (quintet/ clarinet, string quartet)

Divine (sextet/ clarinet, horn, string trio and piano)

Impressions (septet/ clarinet, flute, string quartet, harp)

Sunrise (octet/ clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quintet)

Revelation (octet/ clarinet, bassoon, horn string quintet)