Exciting Danish String Quartet Hong Kong Debut (press release)
Exciting Danish String Quartet
Makes their Hong Kong Debut
Sunday, 3 Jun, 2018 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
The Danish String Quartet “is in a different league altogether, and one that should be attended every time they’re in town.” (Examiner). This unusually blonde and bearded young string quartet has been winning the world over with their “warmth, wit, beautiful tone, and technical prowess” (NPR). Known for their diverse programming, incredible versatility and programmes ranging from Beethoven to Nordic folk tunes, these Danish musicians bring a fresh face to the traditional classical string quartet. The quartet has seen incredible success and rave reviews throughout their ten years together, and are set to mesmerize Hong Kong audiences in their Hong Kong debut.
This concert is part of Premiere Performances’ Recital Series sponsored by Citi. This evening concert is sponsored by SKAGEN and supported by the Danish Chamber of Commerce. The hotel sponsor is The Luxe Manor.
International praise for the Danish String Quartet:
[T]he adventurous young members of the Danish String Quartet play almost everything excitingly.” The New York Times
They play at the highest artistic and technical level”New York Classical Review
Capable of intense blend, extreme dynamic variation … perfect intonation even on harmonics, and constant vitality and flow.”
Watch the Danish String Quartet play Bach, Thomas Adès, and Beethoven at Lincoln Centre.
Their album Last Leaf was among NPR’s 50 Best Albums of 2017. Watch the Danish String Quartet perform Shine You No More from their album Last Leaf, inspired by Nordic folk tunes.
Watch their NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.
The Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. With their technical and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (The New Yorker), the quartet is in demand worldwide. Since making their debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the musical friends have demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, while also giving skilled and profound interpretations of the classical masters. The New York Times selected the quartet’s concerts as highlights in both 2012 and 2015, praising “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording”, and The Danish String Quartet received the 2016 Borletti Buitoni Trust provided to support outstanding young artists in their international endeavors, joining a small, illustrious roster of past recipients since the Trust’s founding in 2003.
Violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and violist Asbjørn Nørgaard met as children at a music summer camp where they played both soccer and music together, eventually making the transition into a serious string quartet in their teens and studying at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Music. In 2008 the three Danes were joined by Norwegian cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin.
Listen to their album Last Leaf on Spotify.
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High-resolution photos of the musicians may be downloaded here