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Ensemble

The sound of Lydenskab is different. The ensemble is in many ways untraditional. We see that as our strength.
 

As musicians with background in Classical music we perform in various constallations and as soloists. But when we perform under the auspices of Lydenskab, it is always based on a desire to add something new to the music and the concert form.

Lydenskab is a musical collective. We are at our best, when each musician is having her/his own voice in the ensemble and in our community.

Our
History

Since Lydenskab was founded in 2011, the ensemble has played on established stages with major productions in collaboration with Danish as well as international composers, musicians, artists etc. The ensemble's musicians often work to investigate and challenge the classical musician's role in dramaturgical productions.

In Lydenskab's work with artistic, high-profile projects, cross-artistic collaboration is in focus as well as making classical music relevant to an new audience.

The ensemble has collaborated with a range of diverse composers as Morten Ladehoff, Nikolaj Busk, Line Tjørnhøj, John Frandsen, Mzungu Kichaa, Rasmus Zwicki and Kristina Holgersen etc. We are constantly looking to expand our field of collaboration and are searching for musical meetings where the genres add new dimentions to each other. We often focus our work on cross aesthetical collaborations and we developed projects with Martin Hall, Andrea Pellegrini, Ursula Andkjær Olsen, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and many more.

Lydenskab plays in dazzled buses, empty shops and apartment blocks, small villages at the same time as we take a new dissemination into the established stages at the classical music festivals, in churches and music associations.

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Our
Mission

We have a flat structure, we are concerned with empowerment and with creating meetings - not only between us and the audience, but meetings between different segments of the societies we work in.

The ensemble has existed since 2011 and has developed concepts and projects for SPOT Festival, Tête à Tête Festival, Wundergrund Festival, KLANG Festival and others. We perform on established stages, such as at the Royal Theater, classical music festivals and in dusty projects on untraditional stages. We occupy disused town halls, prisons and empty shops and make temporary concert halls in collaboration with the city's cultural actors, artists and creative schools.

We work with current topics in society and have most recently worked with topics such as climate, equality, homelessness, refugees and relationships in a pandemic time. It also helps to make classical music relevant to a new audience.

We meet the audience, not only by introducing them to classical music, but by creating new platforms and inviting the audience into the process in which the music is created. It has had a huge impact on us as musicians to work this way, and it is very different from the way classical ensembles and orchestras traditionally work.

We work on the premise that the musicians control the ensemble at all levels.

Musicians

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Sofia's biggest driving force as a musician is curiosity and the desire to be able to use musical and cultural experiences to create new communities and meeting places.

Sofia Lind Pedersen

Cello og projektleder

Sofia graduated from the Jutland Conservatory of Music with a diploma in 2005 and a soloist debut in 2010. Between the two exams, she also achieved a Long Term Fall and Winter Residency in chamber music at the Banff Center for the Arts, Canada in 05/06.

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As a professional cellist, Sofia has played in several of Denmark's classical orchestras and ensembles. She has also played with other genres, including as a member of the jazz group Cordelia.

Today, the focus is on working as a cellist and project manager in Lydenskab as well as educating some of the best young cellists in the region who teach at Aarhus Music School and MGKØ.

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In addition to Lydenskab, Sofia is employed as a teacher at Aarhus Music School and MGK Ø. She teaches at Musik Unik at Tovshøj School, among other places.

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In addition to being an active solo guitarist, Thea often works as a project manager in experimental productions, where classical music appears in new contexts.

Thea Vesti Pedersen Guitar og projektleder

Thea Vesti Pedersen is a soloist trained classical guitarist, trained from the Jutland Conservatory of Music in Aarhus and from the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, Barcelona. Here she studied with Frederik Munk Larsen, Erling Møldrup and Àlex Garrobé.

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Thea has since trained in art and cultural management at the Performing Arts Development Center and works alongside music broadly with cultural management.

She has been the author of the production ASYL! Koncert - a cross-artistic and cross-cultural production created in collaboration with the Danish Refugee Council and AROS.


Thea cultivates the interaction across genres and art forms and is a co-founder of Lydenskab, a music community where 10 classical musicians challenge the classical concert hall concept.


In addition to Lydenskab, Thea is employed at the Jutland Music Conservatory in Aarhus, where she teaches entrepreneurship and is a regular part of the Danish Guitar Quartet.

Read more at www.theavistipedersen.dk .

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Karolina Leedo has distinguished herself as an experienced and frontier-seeking flutist and performer with powerful contrasts.

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Fløjte

Karolina Leedo is an Estonian-born flutist who has lived in Denmark since 2001. She received her master's degree from the Jutland Conservatory of Music in 2006 and has supplemented her education with Lena Kildahl at the Soloist Class with a debut concert in 2012 at MusikhusetÅrhus, Symphonic Hall with an “impressive physical and artistic performance ”(Dagbladet Information).

In addition, she has completed her education at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with one of the leading flutists Mario Caroli.

Karolina has a high level of concert activity as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician and regularly plays on the Danish and foreign festival stages.

She has performed in i.a. USA, England, Spain, Cuba, Italy, Estonia, Sweden, Austria.

With a special fondness for new music, Karolina often works with contemporary composers on the development of new works.


She is a co-founder and member of the innovative ensemble Lydenskab (www.Lydenskab.dk),
and a member of the high-profile ensemble Snow Mask (www.snowmaskensemble.dk).
Karolina has i.a. the collaboration with the Danish percussion trio PACE, as well as the ensemble Neopercusión from Madrid, with which she has been a soloist at several festivals.

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Louise is driven by a unique creative vision, and her music and projects embrace a wide field of performance from original classical music to recent experimental music, constantly seeking new ways of communicating and engaging modern society.

Louise Gorm

Violin og projektleder

After studying at the Jutland Conservatory of Music and the University of Arts in Berlin, violinist Louise Gorm made her debut in 2017 from the soloist class at Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden. Here she performed Prokofiev's 2nd Violin Concerto with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in the back.

As a passionate orchestra and chamber musician, Louise works with various ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe. Louise is currently working. at the performance The Emperor Of Portugal at the Betty Nansen Theater, which premieres in 2021.

She is a co-founder of the Berlin-based ensemble Taïga String Quartet; an ensemble where a common creative vision creates new ways of conveying classical music.

Since 2019, Louise has been a violinist and producer in Ensemble Lydenskab, where she and her colleagues, among others. works with citizen involvement and develops the concert form and new concepts within classical music.

In 2020, Louise Duo formed KFVLG with soprano Katinka Fogh Vindelev. Louise is also active on the Danish stage for baroque music, and is i.a. member of the baroque ensemble BaroqueAros and active in various ensembles in Denmark.

 

In 2016 Louise spent a period in Tokyo, Japan, where she in collaboration with the Japanese composer Aya Yoshida developed the chamber opera “The Shadow.” In 2017/18, she was part of the award-winning opera “Silent Zone” written by the Danish composer Louise Alenius .

 

Louise Gorm is involved in various educational projects. In 2014/15, she taught violin and chamber music at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Palestine. In 2018/19 she had a position as violin and chamber music teacher at OrkesterEfterskolen and MGK in Holstebro.

As the founder of the organization NOAR, she works to demand the cultural connection between Denmark and Armenia. In collaboration with the organization ANIKI and the Tumanyan Museum in Yerevan, NOAR arranges i.a. workshops for children in Armenia.

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Laura Bowler
voice/composition

Laura is a composer in residence at Manchester Camarata and has composed works for ensembles and orchestras across the globe, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, Decoder Ensemble and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ROH2, Opera Holland Park, Den Jyske Opera, Opera Group, Manchester Camerata, Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Ensemble Phace (Austria), Ensemble Linea (France), Omega Ensemble (Australia) and the London Sinfonietta.

As a vocalist, Laura Bowler is a member of Ensemble Lydensskab (Denmark). She has premiered works by composers such as Arne Gieshoff, Jennifer Walshe, Darren Bloom, Diana Soh and Michael Cutting, and she also performs with Red Note Ensembles, Ensemble Phace (Vienna), BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

She had the lead role in Lydenskab's opera production "The Way The Dead Love" by Louis Aguirres, which was part of the program during the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and in Jennifer Walshe's boxing opera, "Training is the Opposite" (2014).

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Laura is a professor of composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an associate professor of composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Laura is a composer, vocalist and artistic director specializing in theater, multidisciplinary work and opera.

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Carola Schaal
Clarinet

The clarinetist and performer Carola Schaal, born in Tübingen / Germany in 1982, studied in Darmstadt, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. In 2009 she completed her clarinet master's degree at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater. She is currently taking part in performance workshops with, among others, Jennifer Walshe and Doris Uhlich. She is a founding member of Decoder, a Hamburg based ensemble for new music founded in 2011.

Since 2018 there has been a close artistic collaboration with the choreographer and dramaturge Heinrich Horwitz, which is reflected in her constantly evolving solo project "Bonny Crude".

 

In autumn 2020 Carola will be a guest artist at MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch Cologne, a collective of dancers and performers as part of the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund. In the project "Archipel - Ein Spektakel der Vermischungen“ (premiere summer 2021) by composer Brigitta Muntendorf, choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and architect Sou Fujimoto, Carola Schaal plays a central role as a performative musical body.

 

For the collaborative work „Encounter - Bonny Crudes Dance with an Amazon (2020)“ of Heinrich Horwitz (choreography / performance), Rosa Wernecke (light design / video) and Carola Schaal (music / performance), she presented her first work as a composer.

 

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Carola is particularly interested in the current encounters in new music and works with performative elements. She moves at the interface between concert and performance; exploring the boundary between music - instrument - body.

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Henriette has commisioned several new works both for solo saxophone and for saxophone quartet, which she has premiered both in Denmark and abroad, and brought with her on tours to Argentina and Cuba.

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Henriette Jensen is a very active chamber musician and soloist with concerts at home and abroad. She studied with Claus Olesen (DK) and Arno Bornkamp (NL), and made her debut from the soloist class at the Jutland Music Conservatory in 2012.


Henriette is i.a. member of the Jutlandia Saxophone Quartet, Aiolos Sax and Organ Duo, Calisto Trio (two saxophones and piano), Duo Plus (with pianist Maria Eshpai) and the international Melisma Saxophone Quartet, with whom she has played concerts across large parts of Europe and Asia . In 2011, this quartet was also a finalist in the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan. Since then, the quartet has toured several times in China and since then also in Mexico.


Henriette has performed several times as a soloist with orchestra, including in Andrei Eshpay's saxophone concert at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in 2015 and in St. Petersburg in Russia in 2013. She has recorded several CDs, including with the Melisma Saxophone Quartet.


In addition to working as a soloist and chamber musician at home and abroad, Henriette also teaches saxophone at the Jutland Conservatory of Music.

Since 2018 there has been a close artistic collaboration with the choreographer and dramaturge Heinrich Horwitz, which is reflected in her constantly evolving solo project "Bonny Crude".

 

In autumn 2020 Carola will be a guest artist at MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch Cologne, a collective of dancers and performers as part of the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund. In the project "Archipel - Ein Spektakel der Vermischungen“ (premiere summer 2021) by composer Brigitta Muntendorf, choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and architect Sou Fujimoto, Carola Schaal plays a central role as a performative musical body.

 

For the collaborative work „Encounter - Bonny Crudes Dance with an Amazon (2020)“ of Heinrich Horwitz (choreography / performance), Rosa Wernecke (light design / video) and Carola Schaal (music / performance), she presented her first work as a composer.

 

www.carolaschaal.de/en/

www.decoder-ensemble.de

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Mads Uldall

Double Bass

Since studying classical bass at the Royal Academy in Aarhus he has worked freelance in Denmark's symphony orchestras, theaters and ensembles, while still finding time for some tango, folk, rock and even the occasional sailing trip

It would be a hard task to find the genre that Mads hasn’t had his strings entangled in, from classical to country, americana to avantgarde, eclectic must be the right word to describe his ambition not to be type casted.

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Maria Esphai

Piano

Maria Eshpai was born in 1986 into an artist family in Moscow, Russia.

She started as a 5-year-old with piano lessons.

In 2005, Maria was admitted to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with Professor Irina Osipova. In 2011, Maria began studying in the soloist class at the Jutland Conservatory of Music with Professor Anne Øland.

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Over the years, Maria has played many concerts and participated in festivals and competitions in Russia, England, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Finland and the United States. In 2006, Maria won 1st prize at the "International Piano Festival NLPS" in London and in that connection played a solo concert at "St. Martin in the Fields ”.

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Maria is a member of Duo Plus (with saxophonist Henriette Jensen), Granhøj Dans Company (has played live solo piano for several performances including "Rose - The Rite of Spring - Extended 2", "Petrushka", "This is not a Swan Lake ”), Scandinavian Chamber Soloist.

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In August 2012, the Maria Harby Foundation received a scholarship and in 2014 Maria had her debut with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, where only her grandfather Andrei Eshpais performed the Concerto Grosso.

In addition to working as a soloist and chamber musician at home and abroad, Maria also teaches at the Jutland Conservatory of Music and Aalborg Culture School.

 

Since 2018 there has been a close artistic collaboration with the choreographer and dramaturge Heinrich Horwitz, which is reflected in her constantly evolving solo project "Bonny Crude".

 

In autumn 2020 Carola will be a guest artist at MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch Cologne, a collective of dancers and performers as part of the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund. In the project "Archipel - Ein Spektakel der Vermischungen“ (premiere summer 2021) by composer Brigitta Muntendorf, choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and architect Sou Fujimoto, Carola Schaal plays a central role as a performative musical body.

 

For the collaborative work „Encounter - Bonny Crudes Dance with an Amazon (2020)“ of Heinrich Horwitz (choreography / performance), Rosa Wernecke (light design / video) and Carola Schaal (music / performance), she presented her first work as a composer.

 

www.carolaschaal.de/en/

www.decoder-ensemble.de

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Mikkel believes that through music we can influence each other. As a musician, he is very aware of the interaction with the audience, so they get a personal and tlisted experience through the music.

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Percussion

Mikkel Ib has a soloist degree from the Jutland Conservatory of Music with percussion (classical) as his major. However, other genres have always filled a lot for Mikkel, and he is often seen as a drummer in crossover contexts. In addition to Lydenskab, he is employed as a teacher at Odder Music School and Favrskov Music School, where he teaches drums / percussion, electric bass and ensemble.

Good music is the music that makes you swear the most when the phone rings. Some music works well in the background while, for example, you paint a wall, whereas other (especially that of a constructive nature) requires close listening and presence.

 

I think it’s funny how differently we react to music and its culmination points. I have often sat with musical goosebumps and wondered why my sidekick suddenly starts talking - and conversely, I have often been bored in the meantime, others are completely engrossed in something they find interesting.