Special Projects

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 Borletti Buitoni Trust Award, the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the 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. The ensemble played its debut concert at Klara in the ‘Singel’ in Antwerp in 2020. CAROUSEL’s first tour took place in autumn 2020 with concerts at the Concertgebouw Brugge and Festival 20/21 (Festival van Vlaanderen) in Leuven.

The ensemble is regularly involved in charity work, organising concerts and masterclasses in aid of organisations such as “Kom op Tegen Kanker” (Belgian Cancer Foundation).

During the Covid-19 pandemic, CAROUSEL organised a successful ‘corona-proof’ concert series in Leuven.

Supporting young talented musician is important to CAROUSEL. Every summer, the ensemble organises the international CAROUSEL Masterclasses in Kortrijk, Belgium with individual masterclasses, chamber music and workshops on yoga and meditation.

The ensemble’s approach is modern and creative, offering both traditional and contemporary repertoire. CAROUSEL works closely with contemporary composers and has had the privilege of premiering new music. The ensemble has commissioned compositions and arrangements and performed works by Wim Henderickx, Jelle Tassyns and Jeroen D’hoe, among others.

In the 2020-21 season, works by female composers Annelies Van Parys, (Belgium), Aftab Darvishi (Iran) and Calliope Tsoupaki (Greece), entitled ‘They have waited long enough’, were premiered during the Lunalia Festival van Vlaanderen – Mechelen.

CAROUSEL’s programmes are flexible, varying from trio to octet and offering a broad repertoire.

The ensemble aims to bring its core philosophy of togetherness closer to its audience and to breaks down cultural barriers through the use of a universal language: that of 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!

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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.

Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet
Jill Jeschek, flute
Juri Valentin, oboe
Marceau Lefèvre, bassoon
Přemysl Vojta, horn

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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

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

Toshio Hosokawa: Metamorphoses (clarinet, string orchestra and percussion)

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 basset 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 (arr. Jelle Tassyns)

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

Alexandre Tansman: concerto

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

– intermission –

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


Annelien Van Wauwe, clarinet & Yannick Van de Velde, piano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Première rhapsodie
Magnus Lindberg (1958) Acequia Madre (2012) for clarinet and piano
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonate op 120/2 E-flat Major

– intermission –

Alban Berg (1885 – 1935) 4 Stücke
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919 – 1996) Sonata for piano and clarinet


CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble

detailed programs via CAROUSEL’s website

BREEZE Woodwind Quintet

BREEZE portfolio
detailed programs via BREEZE’s website