Bio Janne Thomsen




Flutist and artistic director

The Danish flutist Janne Thomsen has established herself as an extremely successful and in-demand soloist and chamber musician. She began her musical studies as a 4-year-old and was later named "Young Musician of the Year" in Denmark. After a number of years of exciting and intense studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in the soloist class at the Conservatoire de Musique de Paris, she continued as a prize winner in prominent flute competitions in Prague, Paris, Bayreuth, Rome, Vienna, Paris and Boston. Janne Thomsen has also been awarded scholarships by the Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik's Foundation, as well as the Augustinus Foundation, Holstebro Music Prize and the Jacob Gade Prize. In 2016, she was awarded the title ARAM, “Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London”, and honors awarded to musicians who have made a special contribution to the world of music.

Janne Thomsen has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Salzburg Camerata, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Soloists.

She performs with renowned soloists such as Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, Pierre Laurent Aimard and Yuri Bashmet. Engaged collaborations with leading composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm, Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks and Bent Sørensen, and she likes to break down the traditional boundaries between styles and genres by interdisciplinary projects in music together with other art forms. Concert projects in the coming years include a tour in Australia, Israel, Spain and concerts in London's Wigmore Hall and King's Place.

From 2004-2007 Janne Thomsen taught at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg and from 2008-2010 as a senior professor at the Hochschule for Music in Lucerne and since 2020 returned to Denmark from Munich, where she will still be active.

She is the founder and artistic director of "Classical Days" - Holstebro International Music Festival - in her hometown of Holstebro, a festival which has grown significantly and has been praised by the press since its founding in 2005 and for which she in 2011 was awarded Holstebro Municipality Culture Prize and the Lions Prize.

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