Artist Spotlight: Meet Annelien Van Wauwe

On Friday 27 May at 1pm clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe joins us at LSO St Luke's as part of the Artist Spotlight series in partnership with BBC Radio 3. Whilst Annelien is a much sought-after concert soloist, she really values the experience of playing chamber music and collaborating closely with other musicians. We spoke to her recently to find out more about her, her instrument and the her relationship with her recital partners. Read on to find out more.

When did you first start playing the clarinet, and what made you choose that instrument?

I started playing the clarinet at the age of seven. I chose the instrument because its sound reminded me of the human voice, and I just loved its looks with the silvery keys! The fact that I could play different music styles like jazz, classical music, klezmer, attracted me as well.  

How do the pieces in this concert show the different capabilities of your instrument?

These two masterpieces (Beethoven's Gassenhauer Trio and Brahms' Clarinet Trio) show on the one hand the lyrical side of the clarinet, with its strength of singing lines almost like the human voice. On the other hand, the Trios also show the playful, light and even funny side of the clarinet.

Can you tell us a little something about your relationship with your recital partners? Do you regularly work together?

I have regularly worked with Louis Rodde for three years now as he is the cellist of my Carousel Chamber Music Ensemble which I founded in 2019 in Brussels. The ensemble consists of twelve musicians from all over Europe. Together with the woodwinds of Carousel I recently founded the Breeze Woodwind Quintet. Paloma Kouider, who is the pianist of Louis’ Trio Karénine, joins the woodwind quintet Breeze in its programme Spark. Small world, many friends!

What is special about chamber music concerts to you, as opposed to eg an orchestral concert in a big thousand-seat venue?

I love the intimate, flexible, comprehensive and communicative side to chamber music concerts very much. When I play a concert as a soloist with an orchestra, I tend to actually do exactly the same on stage, just in a larger setting with more people around me! 

In three words, how would you describe your instrument?

Touching, human, limitless.

Hear more about Annelien's life as a clarinettist from her time as a BBC New Generation Artist. 

Friday 27 May 1pm (LSO St Luke's)

Beethoven Gassenhauer Trio
Brahms Clarinet Trio

Annelien Van Wauwe clarinet
Louis Rodde cello
Paloma Kouider piano


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Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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Introducing Oboist Nicholas Daniel

Insights from LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies

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