Concert No. 4
'Saftstationen - Damme'
Joakim Dam THOMSEN
Elaine Ruby, Great Britten, came to Denmark in 2014 when she won the position of principal clarinettist in The Danish Chamber Players. She worked there for three years, before moving on to quickly establishing herself as prominent chamber musician and orchestral clarinettist, in the danish music scene.
She works regularly as guest clarinettist (and often bass clarinettist ) with Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017 Elaine was the mentor for the talented young clarinettist Valdemar in the danish TV series "Vidunderbørn" on DR1.
Alena Walentin is renowned internationally as one of the worlds leading young flautists, with a career both as a soloist and chambermusician.
She was recently appointed the new Professor at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague in Holland, and teacher alongside at four leading institutions in the UK, such as the Guildhall School og Music and The Royal Academy. Alena has received a long list of of prizes and awards, and holds the honourable title of “Associate of the Royal Academy of Music”. Her new CD was earlier this year titled “CD of the Week” By National Danish Radio.
Alena is, together with her husband, artistic director at Møn Sommerkoncert.
Joakim Dam Thomsen, Denmark, began playing the oboe at the age of 12. He completed his studies at the Conservatoire in Copenhagen, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Gordon Hunt.
He was awarded both the Jakob Gade Prize and Victor Borge's Music Prize. He has toured in both Europe and Asia with the European Community Youth Orchestra, with the European Wind Soloists, and with the Boreas Wind Quintet.
Since 1994 he has been principal oboist in the Royal Danish Orchestra (the Copenhagen Opera House orchestra).
He is a Knight of the Order "Dannebrog".
Lasse Mauritzen, Denmark, is the 1. Principal horn player at the National Danish Radio Orchestra.
Prior to this, he won the position, aged 21, as 2. Principal horn player at the Royal Danish Orchestra.
Next to his current position at the National Danish Radio Orchestra, he often performs as a soloist, and guests other orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has since 2006 been Guest Principal at the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.
Jacob Dam Fredens, Denmark, is principal bassoonist in The Royal Danish Orchestra.
He is educated from Sweelinck Conservatorie in Amsterdam and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. During his studies, he was already permanently employed in the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Jacob Dam Fredens is a very active chamber musician in many different contexts, has co-founded Aarhus Sinfonietta and Fagotten Dream.
In addition, he has taught regularly at both MGK, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Masterclasses and Summer Courses.
Morten Mogensen, Denmark, began playing the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with professor Anker Blyme and made his debut from the soloists’ class in 1990. In 1984 Morten Mogensen formed, together with Søren Elbæk, violin, and Troels Svane, cello, The Copenhagen Trio.
He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe (e.g. Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Moscow, 'Wigmore Hall' in London, Vienna and Salzburg), South America, USA and Japan. Morten Mogensen has received numerous prices and recorded more than 35 CD’s on the label Kontrapunkt with music by Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert among others. The latest cd release includes piano concertos by Mozart played on fortepiano.