who are we?


The prize-winning Danish-Latvian ensemble brings truly unique and innovative chamber music experience to audiences. CARION fascinates with it’s carefully choreographed and dramatized performances of classical and modern works, making music on stage visible, thus adding a new dimension to traditional concert events.

No chairs. No music stands, nothing. The way Carion fill the stage with musical and emotional content is something remarkable –

Allgemeine Zeitung

CARION’S fresh approach to chamber music has brought acclaimed performances in Europe’s most prestigious festivals like Rheingau Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Beethovenfest Bonn, Bergen Festival, Tonhalle MAAG as well as has earned standing ovations from audiences of the USA, South America and the the Far East. CARION has released 6 highly critically acclaimed CDs – including stellar reviews from Gramophone and BBC magazine, awards from Danish radio and best classical album of 2015 on iTunes. But nothing compares to their trend setting music videos on Youtube that continue generating views counted in millions, the landmark performance of Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles being used as an example and a reference recording to music students worldwide.


About the repertoire

Carion presents a varied and interesting repertoire. The ensemble is well founded in the established wind quintet works, but has received most favourable critique for their interpretation of Carl Nielsen,  Jacques Ibert, Paul Hindemith, Pēteris Vasks and especially the Six Bagatelles by György Ligeti. Carion has worked with contemporary composers like Jeppe Just, Renāte Stivriņa, Andris Dzenītis, Britta Byström and Anders Nordentoft. One of the most notable and well received projects of late has been Carion Tryptich – a concerto for Carion and symphony orchestra that saw a world premiere with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra. The innovative and colorful programming of the ensemble is made possible by the tallent for arranging music for this wind quintet by CARION’s own horn player, David M.A.P. Palmquist.


Helsinki Festival, Roskilde Festival, Budapest Festival, Al Bustan Festival Beirut (Lebanon), Dubai Concert Series (UAE), Louisiana Concert Series (Copenhagen), Reykjavik Festival, Morgan Monroe Library (USA), Kleinhans Concert Series (USA), Musik i Väst (Sweden), Musik i Syd (Sweden), Aarhus Chamber Music Society (Denmark), Beethovenfest (Germany), Rheingau Musikfestival (Germany), Schleswig Holstein Festival, Usedom Festival, SESC (Brazil), Roskilde Festival, Tonhalle MAAG

Dóra Seres

Dóra Seres

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


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


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


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

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.