The Danish Clarinet Trio


The Danish Clarinet Trio was established in 2016 by three leading chamber musicians in Scandinavia, all members of world-renowned Ensemble MidtVest: Tommaso Lonquich (clarinet), Jonathan Slaatto (cello) and Martin Qvist Hansen (piano). The New York Times has praised their ‘undercurrents of urgency’ and ‘brilliant effects’.​

The members of the Trio are co-founders and Artistic Directors of Schackenborg Musikfest, a world-class music festival which takes place in the homonymous Castle on the border region of Denmark and Germany, with guests such as Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas Altstaedt, Mojca Erdmann, Alexander Lonquich and many others.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and other major reviewers have praised the leadership of the Danish Clarinet Trio at Schackenborg, highlighting the Artistic Directors' daring energy as organizers and their depth and top quality on the concert stage.

​The Trio has excelled in the interpretation of masterpieces by Beethoven and Brahms while shining a light on neglected scores (such as Clara Schumann's Trio) and introducing audiences the world over to works by Danish composers. The Trio has recorded works by Vagn Holmboe and Per Nørgård for the Danish label Dacapo and has appeared on tour in Canada, Italy, Germany, Iceland, Brazil, the USA, the UK and throughout Scandinavia.

​Between them, the Danish Clarinet Trio’s members are laureates of the ARD Competition in Munich, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme. The ensemble has appeared on BBC Radio, the Danish network DR, ARD and most of Europe's classical stations. With Ensemble MidtVest it has recorded for the German label CPO. In 2018, the Trio was invited to reside at the BBC’s Belfast International Arts Festival as Ensemble-in-Residence.​

​The Danish Clarinet Trio embraces the flexibility of the larger ensemble that gave birth to it. With partners including violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas Dautricourt and Bogdan Božović, violist Simon Rowland-Jones and percussionist Johannes Fischer, it can expand into a plethora of new configurations and present an exciting variety of repertoire.

Makelloses Miteinander beim Schlosskonzert
RP Online
Mon, 2020-02-17
Mit Ludwig van Beethovens „Gassenhauer-Trio“ – der das Werk beschließende Variationssatz hat ein damals bekanntes Volkslied, also einen Gassenhauer, zum Thema – zeigten die Gäste nicht nur beachtliche interpretatorische Sorgfalt und die bestechende Klangschönheit von Klarinette und Cello – sie stellten auch ihr stupendes technisches Können unter Beweis.(...) Hauptwerk des Abends war das Trio a-Moll op.114 von Johannes Brahms. Auch hier bestach – neben dem durchgängig makellosen Miteinander – das schmeichelnde Duettieren von Klarinette und Cello. Clara Schumann war die Zugabe gewidmet, so dankten die Musiker für den reichen Beifall.
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Photo: Caroline Bittencourt

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  • Martin Qvist Hansen (Piano)
  • Tommaso Lonquich (Clarinet)
  • Jonathan Slaatto (Cello)