Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble
Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen, flute
Gert Herzberg, oboe
Wladyslaw Marchwinski, violin
Anders Øberg, cello
Steen Lindholm, harpsichord
Copenhagen Chamber Enselble (Københavns Kammerensemble) was founded in 1978 and closed down in 2014 after 36 years of existence. Its members were three old friends from The Copenhagen Choir School, who had pursued widely diverse careers, a Polish violinist and a cellist from Northern Sweden, both of whom with solo positions in leading Danish professional orchestras. The harpsichord player is still working as an internationally well known choir conductor, the oboist was soloist in The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, while the flute player , rewarded with the Mozart medaillon for his work in the international music field, was a professor of law. The violinist played in Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, while the cellist was solo-player in The Royal Danish Orchestra.
The group reflected the combination of tradition and versatility which has always been a characteristic of the musicians who have formed the musical life of Denmark.
The ensemble specialized in both baroque and contemporary music. They were playing Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, Handel, Boismortier and the Scandinavian baroque composers Roman and Scheibe - and new Scandinavian music, written for us by composers like Leif Kayser, Erik Norby, Niels Viggo Bentzon, Jan Maegaard and Sven Erik Werner (Denmark), Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson and Mist Thorkelsdóttir (Iceland) or Oddvar S. Kvam (Norway).
You may listen to The Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble on two cd's:
Kayser-Nordal-Sigurbjörnsson. HCD 1007 (Helikon 1992). Contemporary Danish and Icelandic music.
The Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble plays Roman, Scheibe, Telemann, Boismortier and Vivaldi. CLASSCD 480 (Classico 2003). This cd appeared in June 2003 and contains music of Scandinavian and European baroque composers.
A cd with music by Ole Schmidt, Erik Norby, John von Daler, Niels Viggo Bentzon and Mist Thorkelsdóttir appeared in May 2008 (Classico 797).
International Concert Tours
The Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble has performed many places in the world, from the renowned chamber music festival of Cheltenham to small villages in Greenland, from the Roman arena in Petra, Jordan, to the concert hall of the Nordic Cultural Centre of the Faroe Islands, everywhere with noticeable success. Here is the list of our tours:
Faroe Islands 1981
England and Scotland 1989 (Cheltenham Int.Festival of Music, Marlborough Int. Festival of Music, Shrewsbury, Sunderland and Edinburgh)
USA (Florida) 1995
Argentina 1997, arranged by Mozarteum Argentina (Buenos Aires, Salta, Tucuman, Jujuy, Neuquén, Bahia Blanca)
Poland 2000 (1) (Krakow, Poznan, Szeczin in May)
Poland 2000 (2) (Opening Danish Cultural Weeks in Warszawa, September)
Jordan 2001 (Concert tour in January-February to Amman and Petra)
USA West Coast Tour 2003 (Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, Solvang, Los Angeles)
Sweden and Norway 2004 (Skellefteå, Kiruna, Lofoten)
Gotland, Sweden, July 2005
Sorö International Orgelfestival, Denmark, in August 2005.
Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands (Danish Westindies), January 2006.
England March 2006. (London and Bognor Regis). Arranged by The Danish Cultural Institute.
New Zealand January 2007 (Masterton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru)
France March 2007
U.S. Virgin Islands concert tour II January 2008
Christmas Concerts in Hamburg, Germany, December 2008
International tour 2009: Poland 22-29 May
New York January 2010 (Victor Borge Hall) plus U.S.Virgin Islands tour III
England, Scotland and Ireland May 2011
Baltic Tour May 2011 to Latvia, Estonia and Russia (St. Petersburg)
U.S. Virgin Islands Concert Tour IV January 2014
Christmas Concerts in Hamburg, Germany, December 2014