CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble
The Brussels chamber music ensemble CAROUSEL gathers twelve outstanding young musicians around the award-winning Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe. The musicians come from six European countries and are all sought-after chamber musicians and soloists.
The 12 members of CAROUSEL have won prizes at renowned competitions such as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Borletti Buitoni Trust Awardthe USA International Harp Competition, the Opus Klassik Award, the Aeolous Competition Düsseldorf, the Bottessini Competition and the German Music Competition.
CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble was founded in 2019 by Annelien Van Wauwe and has performed – among others – at the Concertgebouw Brugge, the Festival 20/21 Leuven, the Festival van Vlaanderen Ghent, de Singel Antwerp, Bagno Konzertgalerie, Summerwinds, 30 cc Leuven, cc Maasmechelen, cc Blankenberge, cc Roeselare and cc Hasselt. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ensemble organised a self-supported ‘corona-proof’ concert series in Leuven for a live audience. CAROUSEL will make its UK debut in the Wigmore Hall London in June 2022.
The ensemble aims to bring its core philosophy of togetherness closer to its audience and to break down cultural barriers through music.
CAROUSEL strives to create a close bond between its members and its audience and therefor organises ‘Very Important Passenger’ events.
CAROUSEL takes you on a lively, joyful, passionate and enthusiastic musical ride!
The Ensemble’s 12 different chamber music programmes are flexible, varying from trio to octet and offering a broad repertoire.
BREEZE Woodwind Quintet
BREEZE unites five young distinguished musicians to pursue a singular artistic vision: reimagining the wind music experience. The ensemble was newly established by five members of the CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble as a playing field for fearless exploration of what may be the future of classical music.
The five wind soloists are prize winners of renowned international competitions such as the ARD Music Competition, the Tchaikovsky Competition, or the German National Music Competition.
It is the quintet’s aspiration to reinvent the traditional concert format by collaborating with young and ambitious composers, other musicians of any genre, gender or nationality as well as performers of any other art form such as visual arts, dance or theatre in order to provide space for adventure and creativity.
BREEZE understands itself as a think tank for artistic research.