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The prize-winning Danish ensemble injects new life into the woodwind quintet genre and promises an extraordinary concert experience. CARION makes visible the architecture of both classical and modern compositions through their engaged music-making. They achieve this by communicating with one another as well as with the audience. Sometimes a particular facial expression or gesture is all that is required in order to develop fascinating interactions that add to the enjoyment of both listening and “spectating”. CARION toys with this new-found freedom! Instrumentalists don’t stare at the score – they perform all music from memory and are thus able to concentrate entirely on the performance itself. Like actors in a play, each musician internalizes his or her role as a soloist and blends into the ensemble as required by the music, providing ideal conditions for an interpretation that penetrates to the core of the composition. This opens natural, direct and irresistible approach to music.

Since the success in the Danish Radio Chamber music competition in 2004, CARION has launched an international music career. The highlights include Rheingau Festival, Kissingen Sommer Festival, Usedomer Festival, Münster H1 Master series, Dubai Master Series, Al Bustan Festival, Helsinki Festival, Roskilde Festival,  Louisiana Concert Series, regular tours for Swedish organization like Musik i Väst, Musik i Syd, Musik i Halland, Musik i Gavleborg and others. Carion has won prizes at several chamber music competitions, among them the Danish National Radio Chamber Music Competition in 2004. They placed first at the Marco Fiorino International Chamber Music Competition in Turin, Italy in 2006. Carion won Bronze medal in 2011 and Silver medal in 2015 Osaka International Chamber music Competitions and Festas.

Today Carion is one of the worlds most sought after woodwind ensembles. The Ensemble’s regular CD and video releases for Dacapo, ARS and Odradek labels continue to  receive high critical acclaim, including five star reviews on Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, The Best Classical album of 2015 on iTunes, CD of the week on Danish Radio P2, Ensemble of the Year 2015 nomination by Danish Broadcasting Corporation and many others. Please read more in our press reviews section.

Dóra Seres

Dóra Seres

flute
Dóra is an active soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She enjoys cooking Hungarian food and traveling to warm places. She lives with her husband and two children in Malmö, Sweden.

Egils Upatnieks

Egils Upatnieks

oboe

Outside of Carion, Egils plays Principal Oboe in Latvian National Symphony orchestra. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities in his free time, especially hunting. He lives in Riga with his wife and two children.

Egīls Šēfers

clarinet

Egīls as an active chamber musician, soloist, music critic, and record producer. He enjoys riding bikes of all kinds and being in the nature. He lives with his lovely wife and two children in Riga, Latvia.

David M.A.P. Palmquist

David M.A.P. Palmquist

horn

David is our master arranger, he plays horn in Danish Royal Guard, he also is assistant conductor there. He has a vast collection of musical instruments, likes riding a motorcycle, and enjoys walking his tortoise in the park near his Hellerup home.

Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen

Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen

bassoon
Niels Anders is one of the most talented Danish bassoonists, he is an avid chamber musician and pioneer of contemporary music. He also enjoys teaching students, likes roasting his own espresso beans and enjoying good times with his wife and three daughters in their lovely Copenhagen home.