DREI...is a professionel mixed woodwind trio based in Berlin (Germany), the instrumentation varies.


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Resonant Body


 Karola Elssner  ( baritone saxophone/ bass clarinet / alto flute / dukuk / various)

Vladimir Karparov  ( tenor saxophone / soprano saxophone / div. )

Sidney Pfnuer  ( composing / arranging / leading / clarinet / alto saxophone / vocals / various )


 Enjoy, all good things come in threes and third time is a charm.


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the trio



Karola´s sphere of responsibility in “DREI” is the deep and grounded sound with the baritone saxophone and the bass clarinet. She also enriches the trio with the duduk, a traditional wind instrument from the Armenian-Persian region. It´s timbre and tone colour is a feast for the ears and goes under the skin.



Vlado´s job is mainly the soprano- voice or of the "Heldentenor". He comes from a Jazz background and is deep-rooted with the music of the Balkans. His energetic and powerful sound on the tenor saxophone and his virtuosity give spice and virulence to the trio.



Sidney as the founder and bandleader of this compact format writes an arranges most of the tunes and pieces for "DREI". The musical conception also is about that every title and each voice is specially fitted on the single player. Thus a rich sound picture and aesthetics can be developed and created for the listener and the audience.


 Karola Elssner (Germany)

 (baritone-, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, alto-flute, duduk, various) 


  • was born and grew up in the region around the German capital Berlin

  • studied at the conservatory in Berlin (HfM „Hanns Eisler“)

  • engagements for leading German orchestras like Staatskapelle Berlin, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin and Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker

  • active in chamber music (Leipziger Saxophon Quartett, Quartett Classic4Sax Hamburg)

  • member of the RIAS Big Band and the Big Band of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (German Opera Berlin)

  • guest performances in Europe, Little-Asia, the USA, New Zealand and Indonesia

  • more than 30 CD-releases

  • 2007-2010 frequent residences in Armenia for the purposes to give saxophone master classes and to learn the traditional Armenian instrument duduk

  • Echo Klassik award 2010 for the CD Timeless (Sony) with the LauttenCompagney Berlin

  • Rheingau Musik Preis  (award) 2012 with the LauttenCompagney Berlin

  • more nominations and awards of the German Record critics (Deutsche Schallplattenkritik)

  • plays: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, alto and German flute, various instruments

  • speaks: German, English, Russian, Tibetian, Armenian


Vladimir Karparov (Bulgaria)

(soprano-, tenor-, baritone-saxophone, vocals,)


  • was born and grew up in the Bulgarian capital Sofia
  • studied at the conservatories Hamburg (HfMT) and Berlin (HfM "Hanns Eisler")
  • numerous concerts and awards in Europe, Asia and Latin America
  • bandleader and composer of different formations
  • producer of various own CDs
  • participation in many CDs- and theater productions
  • 2014 composing assignment for the prestigious Metropole Orkest (Netherlands)
  • Plays the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, clarinet, piano, different flutes and percussion instruments
  • speaks German, Bulgarian, English, Russian and French



1996 "Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year" in Bulgaria

1999 prize at the International Jazz

Competition in Monaco

2000 "Medica pro Musica" in Duesseldorf

funding awards of the

Berlin Senates


 Sidney Pfnuer (Germany/Italy)

(clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, vocals, various, leading, comp., arr.)


  • was born and grew up in Rhineland in North Rhine-Westphalia

  • studied at the conservatory in Berlin (HfM „Hanns Eisler“) and the conservatory in Paris (CNSMDP)

  • numerous concerts, theater-, CD-, and musical-productions for well known German artits and institutions like: Herbert Groenemeyer, Annett Louisan, RIAS Bigband, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Berliner Ensemble and many more

  • national and international tours

  • 2010 founding of the woodwind trio DREI

  • plays: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, piano, various flutes and percussion instruments

  • speaks: German, Italian, French, English


the music






Fotos: David Beecroft