The Carl Nielsen Quintet

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We are five high-spirited guys who love to play music, and we are especially happy to perform together. Our musical foundation was for all of us laid in the Tivoli Boys Guard, and its never-ending parading around the park has kept us on time ever since. Now, many years later, each of us are performing with different symphony orchestras in Denmark and Sweden, but we spend quite a bit of our precious free time performing together. This has given us a wealth of wonderful experiences from various Danish music festivals and music associations. In 2014, we placed second in the Danish Radio Chamber Music Competition, and in 2015 we won first prize, and the special prize for the performance of the Carl Nielsen Woodwind Quintet, in The Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. Being five enthusiastic guys, our performances are exuberant, and people seem to like it (and we often get praise for it). We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts so we can share the experience with you. 


Feel free to contact us for booking info: Kenny Staskus Larsen phone:  (+45) 31 71 32 12 e-mail:


Kenny Staškus Larsen (flute) began his musical studies with five years in the Tivoli Boys Guard, his final year as conductor. He won the Gold Medal in the Berlingske Classical Music Competition in 2005. In 2007 he won first prize at the Øresund Soloist Competition and that same year third prize in the “Spil for Livet” P2 competition. He began studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2007 with Toke Lund Christiansen, earning his bachelor’s degree three years later in 2010. That same year he won a special award at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense. Kenny continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Linda Chesis the following year, where his wind quintet from the Manhattan School of Music won the NYFC competition and Fuchs Chamber Music competition in Connecticut. Kenny spent 2011-2012 in Geneva studying under Jacques Zoon. In the summer of 2013 he won the position of solo flutist with the Malmö Opera orchestra. Christian Vinther (horn) began playing the horn at the age of eight, when he began his training in the Tivoli Boys Guard under Helge Nielsen. Christian attended the music conservatory preparation training (MGK) in Ishøj, after which he was accepted at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he studied under Ola Nilsson, the solo hornist in the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Since 2004 he has visited Chicago numerous times to receive training from Gale Williams, former solo hornist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Rex Martin, a professor at Northwestern University. Christian has performed under contract as “dybehornist” from 2004 to 2007 with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, from 2007 to 2008. In the spring of 2008 Christian won a position with the Copenhagen Philharmonic as third horn. Carl Julius Lefebvre Hansen (oboe) began playing the oboe at age 9 in the Copenhagen Tivoli Boys Guard, and in 2011 he was awarded gold medal at the newspaper Berlingske’s competition for young classical musicians.

He graduated from Aurehøj Gymnasium in 2014 and was subsequently admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music in the oboe class of prof. Max Artved and principal oboist Joakim Dam Thomsen. 2016-2020 Carl Julius pursued his studies in Paris under the guidance of Jacques Tys, professor at the Paris Conservatoire. In 2019, Carl Julius auditioned for and was admitted to two of the world’s leading orchestras for young musicians: the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Carl Julius has participated in masterclasses with Thomas Indermühle and Francois Leleux. Moreover, he has played in the Staatskapelle Dresden and has been engaged by The Royal Danish Orchestra, The Royal Life Guard, The Danish Chamber Orchestra and Esbjerg Ensemble. He is the recipient of numerous grants and scholarships.

Magnus Koch Jensen (bassoon) was born on November 2, 1991, in Copenhagen. He began to play the bassoon at the age of ten, studying under Dorte Bennike from the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 11 he joined the Tivoli Boys Guard, considered the best musical foundation for winds in Denmark. At Tivoli, Magnus studied under Kirsten Thomsen from the Queen’s Royal Guard until the age of 15. In upper secondary school, Magnus began studying under the solo bassoonist in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Audun Halvorsen, and continued collaboration with him through his first year at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. While in upper secondary school, Magnus began as a freelance assistant in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic. He also won an audition with the European Union Youth Orchestra, where he became a solo bassoonist at the age of 18. After a year of studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Magnus won a position as a solo bassoonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra in the spring of 2011 at the early age of 19. Before beginning his trial period at the Royal Danish Orchestra, Magnus studied at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts under Professor Ole Kristian T. Dahl. Nicolai Eghorst (clarinet) was born in 1985. He began his musical training in the Tivoli Boys Guard from 1995 to 2001, first on the marching drum and later on the clarinet, studying under Tore Othmar Poulsen and Per Majland. He finished his time in the Tivoli Boys Guard as conductor. In 2001 Nicolai won the coveted Gold Medal at the Berlingske Classical Music Competition, and he was accepted into the music conservatory preparation program (MGK) at Sankt Annæ Gymnasium that same year, where he studied for two years under Tore Othmar Poulsen. He then began his studies under Jørgen ”Misser” Jensen. In March 2006, Nicolai won first prize at the Øresund Soloist Competition, which was followed by numerous concerts in Denmark and Sweden, including a performance with DiamantEnsemblet. He was awarded the DKK 100,000 Jacob Gade grant later that same year. During the school year of 2006-2007, he studied at Hochschule Musik und Theater in Zürich under Professor Fabio di Càsola. In April 2008, Nicolai won the position of second solo clarinetist in the Southern Jutland Symphony Orchestra, and a month later he completed his degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with top grades. In November 2008, Nicolai received the Holstebro Music Prize and performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Nicolai continued his studies in the advanced postgraduate program at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in August 2008. He received the Léonie Sonning grant in January 2009, and has also performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in October 2006. He has studied under and attended master classes with the following internationally acknowledged clarinetists: Martin Frøst, Michell Arrignon, John Kruse, Hans Christian Bræin, Lee Morgan, Phillip Berrod, Søren Elbo, Ron Chen-Zion, Felix-Andreas Genner and Elmar Schmid.