Danish String Quartet

Live at Carnegie Music Hall, Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

Rolf Wallin - Swans Kissing (Pittsburgh Premiere)
Folk music from the Nordic countries
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”

“They could be grounded in their tone or mystical. They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.”
The Los Angeles Times

About The Artist: 

Frederik Øland (Violin); Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Violin); Asbjørn Nørgaard (Viola); Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (Cello)

Embodying the quintessential elements of a fine chamber music ensemble, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. Since making their debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the musical friends have demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, who they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs, while also giving skilled and profound interpretations of the classical masters. The New York Times selected the quartet’s concerts as highlights of the season during their Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two Residency, and in February 2016 they received the Borletti Buitoni Trust provided to support outstanding young artists in their international endeavors, joining an illustrious roster of past recipients.

The Danish String Quartet’s 2016-2017 season includes debuts at the Edinburgh Festival and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. In addition to over thirty North American engagements, the quartet’s robust international schedule takes them to their home country, Denmark, as well as throughout Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Poland, Israel, as well as Argentina, Peru, and Colombia. As champions of contemporary music from Scandinavian composers, the Quartet premieres Swans Kissing by Rolf Wallin, titled based on the series of paintings by Swedish painter Hilma af Klint. This work was commissioned by the Quartet for its world premiere in London’s Wigmore Hall this season. In October they present their tenth annual DSQ Festival, a four-day event in Copenhagen that brings together artists the Quartet has met on its travels.

The Quartet’s recent debut recording on ECM Records features works of Danish composers Hans Abrahamsen and Per Nørgård and English composer Thomas Adés, receiving five stars from The Guardian and debuting at #16 on the Billboard Classical Chart. In addition to their commitment to highlighting Scandinavian composers, the Danish String Quartet derive great pleasure in Nordic folk music.

In 2009 the Danish String Quartet won First Prize in the 11th London International String Quartet Competition, as well as four additional prizes from the same jury.  This competition is now called the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and the Quartet has performed at the famed hall on many occasions. The ensemble received the 2010 NORDMETALL-Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany and, in 2011, won the prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize. Through their vibrant interpretations and intense musicality, this ensemble compels audiences and critics to their feet.