Brand new Brussels-based chamber music ensemble Carousel aims to perform chamber music at the highest artistic level. Founded by clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe and violinist Samuel Nemtanu - principal second violins of Brussels Philharmonic - Carousel gathers together eleven talented young musicians, eight of them players from Brussels Philharmonic.

Brussels-based chamber music ensemble Carousel gathers together eleven talented young musicians, who aim to perform chamber music at the highest artistic level. Coming from eight European countries, Carousel’s enthusiastic musicians offer a modern and creative approach to both well-known repertoires as well as contemporary works. The ensemble has the privilege of being at the creative heart of music premiering pieces written for them by a composer in residence. With flexible and dynamic programmes, Carousel covers a large wide ranging repertoire, varying from trio to octet.

“The European identity of the ensemble is the core of carousel’s artistic concept. The musicians’ different cultural backgrounds and their personal visions enrich their common musical interpretation. It is also our aim to commission new pieces written for the ensemble by collaborating with internationally renowned belgian composers.”
- samuel nemtanu, founding member & violinist

Founding members are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe and violinist Samuel Nemtanu (principal second violins Brussels Philharmonic) and together with the others in the ensemble, they wish Carousel to bring its listeners closer to the ensemble’s core philosophy: communicating in a universal language that connects people and dissolves cultural and artistic borders. Go along on a vivid, joyful and enthusiastic musical ride, which will appeal to all who enjoy great music played with passion and commitment.

“I feel so pleased that Carousel can offer such a wide range of chamber music repertoire. During festivals and concerts I meet many wonderful musicians and experience unique artistic moments with them. The rehearsal time for chamber music concerts is often rather short. as masterpieces need time to grow and mature, I want to give more time to invest in continuity, engagement and renewal. As part of “Carousel Ensemble” it will now be possible to aim for even more sophisticated and innovative performances.”
- annelien van wauwe, founding member & clarinetist

Let's dance

Curious? See Carousel live in concert with the programme Let's Dance:

  • who: Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet), Samuel Nemtanu (violin) & Oana Zamdir-Cocea (piano)
  • what: Khachaturian, Bartok & Stravinsky
  • when: 19:30, Sunday March 24
  • where: Sint-Michielskerk, Gemeenteplein 1, 3140 Keerbergen

Get to know the musicians of Carousel: Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet), Samuel Nemtanu (violin), Nadja Nevolovitsch (violin), Eline Groslot (harp), Mihai Cocea (viola), Oana Zamfir-Cocea (piano), Jill Jeschek (flute), Marceau Lefèvre (bassoon), Uxia Martinez-Botana (double bass) & Kristaps Bergs (cello).