Wim Henderickx’s Inspirational “SUTRA” Clarinet Concerto

Annelien Van Wauwe had the privilege to premiere Wim Henderickx’s remarkable basset clarinet concerto “SUTRA.” The concerto, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, is an exploration of music’s transcendental dimensions. “SUTRA” is dedicated to her, consisting of four parts: “Pranayama” (breath of life), “Dhyana” (meditation), “Dharana” (mind concentration), and “Samadhi” (intense spiritual union). It pushes the boundaries of a traditional concerto, with electronics enhancing the connection between the orchestra and the soloist, enveloping the audience in an immersive musical journey.

Yoga Sutras 

The title “SUTRA” draws inspiration from the Yoga Sutras, foundational scriptures of yoga expounded by Patanjali Maharishi. Just as these sutras thread together the science of yoga, Henderickx’s composition weaves intricate musical elements. The concerto transcends the typical soloist-orchestra dialogue, fostering a profound connection between performers and listeners.


Annelien has recorded Wim Henderickx’s “SUTRA” concerto alongside Mozart’s timeless masterpiece for her album “FLOW” with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under the baton of Andrew Manze, released by Pentatone in 2022.

Chamber Music and Yoga Workshops

In collaboration with the CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble, Annelien presents chamber music programs such as  ‘Breath of life and FLOW‘ inspired by Henderickx’s legacy. As a certified yoga teacher, Annelien also offers a unique musical breathing meditation workshop that combines yoga breathing techniques with live excerpts from “SUTRA,” creating a harmonious blend of music and mindfulness.



CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble

CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble, led by Annelien Van Wauwe, is a dynamic group comprising twelve exceptional young musicians from across Europe. The artists are celebrated for their achievements as both chamber musicians and soloists, having earned accolades at prestigious competitions including the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Founded in 2019, CAROUSEL has graced renowned venues such as the Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Brugge, Festival 20/21 Leuven, and Festival van Vlaanderen Musica Divina. Even amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ensemble organized a ‘corona-proof’ concert series in Leuven. With a versatile repertoire ranging from trio to octet, CAROUSEL showcases musical excellence in its diverse chamber music programs.

BREEZE Woodwind Quintet, born from members of the CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble, represents a new era in wind music. These accomplished musicians, prize winners in major international competitions, are reshaping classical music by collaborating across genres and artistic forms. The ensemble’s repertoire spans diverse programs, including an educational initiative for babies.



Kalevi Aho: Clarinet concerto (2005)
Malcolm Arnold: Clarinet concerto Nr. 2 (1974)
Benjamin Attahir: Love is in the air (commission for 2025)
Luigi Bassi: fantasia da concerto Rigoletto 
Karol Beffa: Concertino ‘radiant’ (commission tbc)
Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42) (orch. Sid Ramin)
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for piano and clarinet Op. 120 Nr.1 F minor (1894) (arr. L. Berio)
Benjamin Britten: Movements for a clarinet concerto (1942) (dev. & orch. C. Matthews)
Dirk Brossé: War concerto (2019)
Max Bruch: Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra Op. 88 (1911)
Guillaume Connesson: Clarinet concerto ‘radiant’ (commission tbc)
John Corigliano: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1977)
Aaron Copland: Concerto for clarinet, string orchestra, piano and harp (1948)
John Corigliano: Clarinet Concerto (1977)
Claude Debussy: Première rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre (1910)
Joseph Leopold Eybler: Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-flat major (1798)
Gerald Finzi: Clarinet concerto Op. 31 (1949)
Jean Françaix: Concerto for clarinet (1967)
Jean Françaix: Tema con variazioni (1974) (arr. Jelle Tassyns 2023)
Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Chamber concerto for clarinet, str quartet. & str. orchestra (1930)
Wim Henderickx: ‘Sutra’ for orchestra, basset clarinet and electronics (2022)
Paul Hindemith: Clarinet concerto (1947)
Toshio Hosokawa: Metamorphosis (2000)

Franz Krommer: Clarinet Concerto No.1, Op.36 (1803)
Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet concerto (2002)
Witold Lutoslawski: Dance preludes (1954) 
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Concert pieces for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra Op. 113&114 (1832) 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for basset clarinet and orchestra A Major KV 622 (1791)
Carl Nielsen: Concerto for clarinet and orchestra Op. 57 (1928) 
Krzysztof Penderecki: Clarinet concerto (1983)
Gabriël Pierné: Canzonetta (1888) (arr. Jelle Tassyns 2019)
Julius Rietz: Clarinet concerto in G minor Op. 29 (1857)
Giacomo Rossini: Introduction, theme & variations (1809)
Kaija Saariaho D’om le vrai sens (2010)
Johann Stamitz: Clarinet Concerto in B-flat major (1755)
Richard Strauss: Duet concertino for bassoon, clarinet, harp and strings TrV 293 (1947)
Toru Takemitsu: Fantasma/cantos (1991)
Manfred Trojahn: Rhapsodie (2002)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Clarinet concerto Op. 104 (1970)
Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino in Eflat Major Op. 26 (1811)
Carl Maria von Weber: Quintet for clarinet and string orchestra Op. 34 (1811-1815)
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet concerto Nr. 1 in f Moll Op. 73 (1811)
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet concerto Nr. 2 in Eb-major Op. 74 (1811)
Charles Marie Widor: Introduction and rondo (arr. Jelle Tassyns) (1898)

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recitals & chamber music


– works by Pierné, Debussy, Saariaho, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and Widor
with pianist Paloma Kouider

Schumann – Brahms
with Severin von Eckardstein, piano

Debussy, Lindberg, Brahms, Berg, Weinberg

with Yannick Van de Velde


CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble & BREEZE Woodwind Quintet
click here for Carousel’s programs
click here for Breeze’s programs

More programs available with the Karenin Trio, Amatis Trio
Quatuor Danel, Quatuor Van Kuijk, Schumann Quartet, Aris Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet

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