The idea for the establishment of the trio “Ensemble Blumina” developed out of a very intense musical friendship between Elisaveta Blumina and the principal bassoon player of the Staatskapelle Berlin Mathias Baier, and his long-standing friendship with Kalev Kuljus, principal oboe player of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg.
Vast experience in chamber musicianship, best European woodwind tradition as well as the gift to create music at the highest level, swiftly brought this uncommon ensemble into the best concert halls in Dublin, Hamburg, Berlin, Moscow and Geneva.
The Ensemble Blumina has been recently awarded the ECHO Klassik 2014 Award, considered the most important classical music prize in Germany, for their recording “Previn/Françaix/Poulenc: Trios for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano” in the category “Best Chamber Music Recording of the year (20th/21st century)”. This CD, recorded with Musikproduktion Dabringhaus & Grimm, is the ensemble’s first recording.
The trio has great interest in the performances and rediscoveries of music by Jewish composers such as Schulhoff, Kagel and Tansman, as well as the works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose chamber music Elisaveta Blumina and Mathias Baier are currently producing on CD for “cpo”.
For its German debut the Jewish-Australian composer George Dreyfus dedicated a trio called “Lichtungen” (after paintings of C.D. Friedrich) to the Ensemble Blumina.
“The concert began with a brilliant interpretation of the trio for piano, oboe and bassoon of André Previn, interpreted with convincing rhythm, especially by the jazzy expression of the pianist Elisaveta Blumina, the vitality and temperament of the oboist and the sensitive correspondence with the oboe of the bassoon player Mathias Baier. The joy of making music together was evident and conveyed to the audience.” (Marion Méndez in Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 26.6.09)