French and Austrian Winners in Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition

For five days String Quartets and Wind Quintets have competed on the venues of DR Koncerthuset, The Royal Danish Library and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. The winners have been selected this weekend.

  • Simply Quartet from Austria won the 1. Prize of 15,000 Euros in the String Quartet category. (Foto: Agnete Schlichtkrull)
  • Ensemble Ouranos from France got the 1. Prize of 15,000 Euros and the Contemporary Music Prize in the Wind Quintet category (Foto: Agnete Schlichtkrull)
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The whole last week has been with nerves on the edge for the young talented ensembles in the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, which has been held in Copenhagen on the venues of DR Koncerthuset, The Royal Danish Library and The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

There were two categories, two winners and 65,000 Euros in cash prizes to win when the winners were announced this weekend:

Simply Quartet from Austria won the 1. Prize of 15,000 Euros in the String Quartet category.

Ensemble Ouranos from France got the 1. Prize of 15,000 Euros and the Contemporary Music Prize in the Wind Quintet category.

Highly dedicated

There where fierce competition throughout the week, when the young, talented musicians competed on winning future concert engagements, the honor and cash prizes. The ensembles must play a huge repertoire - with both technical and musical excess. Both jury and the audience who followed the competition live, felt the energy and high expression come through when they succeeded and so wonderful musical experiences where delivered in the three big cultural institutions of Copenhagen. The young musicians have for sure one thing in common: they are completely dedicated to a life with classical music on a very high level.

The American Balourdet String Quartet won the 2nd Prize of 10,000 Euros and the very young French Quatuor Elmire got the 3rd Prize of 5,000 Euros and the Commissioned Piece Prize in the String Quartet category.

The German Pacific Quintet won the 2nd Prize of 10,000 Euros and the Danish V Coloris the 3rd Prize of 5,000 Euros in the Wind category.

The world was watching

Danish radio channel DR P2 broadcasted massively throughout the week and all rounds were live streamed with live blog and comments by journalist Andrew Mellor. You can watch the winners and all other performances on carlnielseninternational.dk and DR Koncerthuset- You tube.

Prizes and jury

The competition had two different categories and therefore also two juries. They consisted of 5 prominent international instrumentalists with great string quartet and wind quintet experience. The Chairmen of the juries were Prof. Günter Pichler (string quartet) and Bjørn Carl Nielsen (wind quintet). In each category the 1st Prize was 15,000 Euros, 2nd Prize 10,000 Euros, 3rd Prize 5,000 Euros and Commissioned Piece Prize 2,500 Euros.

See all ensembles, jury, prizes, repertoire etc. on

Three major cultural institutions

The competition is a collaboration between three major Danish cultural institutions: Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Royal Danish Library and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition is exclusively for string quartet and wind quintet and was established in 2015 to create more focus on the brilliant chamber music works of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen by letting it be interpreted by the best young musicians from all over the world. The Competition is open for ensembles of all nationalities under the age of 35 and was this year held for the 2nd time.

These ensembles where participating

String Quartets 2019

  • Balourdet String Quartet – U.S.A.

  • Gyldfeldt Quartett – Germany

  • Kleio Quartet – U.K.

  • NOVO Quartet – Denmark

  • Quatuor Elmire - France

  • Selini Quartet – Austria

  • Simply Quartet – Austria

Wind Quintets 2019

  • Barialro Quintet – Switzerland

  • Dandelion Quintett - Germany

  • Ensemble Ouranos – France

  • Pacific Quintet - Germany

  • Quinteto O'Globo - Spain

  • Quintette Promenade – France

  • qunst.quintett – Germany

  • V Coloris – Denmark