Senft, Enno

double bass

Enno Senft is principal double-bass and a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as the principal double bass of the London Sinfonietta.

He has performed and recorded with many of the greatest conductors and soloists such as Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Andras Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Berglund, Pierre Boulez, Gidon Kremer, the lateSandor Vegh and as soloist under Sir Roger Norrington. He participated in various chamber music and contemporary music festival, notably the Berliner Festwochen, Wien Modern, Sermoneta, Lockenhaus, Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, the Wigmore Hall Series in London and the Sydney Festival.

During the last decade Enno Senft's interest has focused particularly on contemporary music and he joined the London Sinfonietta as principal double-bass. Projects include working closely with Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, Peter Eötvös, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Ades and György Kurtag.

In 2001 Enno Senft worked at IRCAM in Paris for the realisation of Michael Jarrel's bass concerto Droben schmettert ein greller Stein which he premiered with the Ensemble Modern in Basel, followed by performances in Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and with the Ensemble Contrechamps under George Benjamin in Geneva and Strasbourg.

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.


Dai Fujikura: es (Sinfonietta Shorts)

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Enno Senft double bass

The work explores the sound-making capabilities of the double bass through the use of extended techniques and the detuning of the instrument in order to affect the way in which the body resonates. Fujikura worked closely with bassist Enno Senft to compose this piece.

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Supported by Robert Clark and Susan Costello


Recorded on 5 September 2009 at All Saints Church, West Dulwich

Producer/engineer  DAI FUJIKURA


(P) 2013 Dai Fujikura
(C) 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC DL3013
Release Date:
8 December 2013