Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital


6 Danish String Quartet

Danish String Quartet

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8pm

Seligman Performing Arts Center
22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills

The Danish String Quartet, which thrilled CMSDetroit audiences at its 2013 series debut, has reached remarkable heights in the course of its 10 years as a professional ensemble, beginning in 2006 when it was named Danish Radio Artist-in-Residence and recorded Nielsen’s complete String Quartets.  Three years later the Quartet took First Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition along with four special prizes, followed in 2011 by the prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize, Denmark’s most important cultural award.  The following year it was appointed to the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program.  The Quartet tours worldwide each year, earning critical praise for its elegant interpretations. 

On its web site, the Quartet disarmingly introduces itself this way:

We are three Danes and one Norwegian cellist, making this a truly Scandinavian endeavor. We are often joking about ourselves being modern Vikings – perhaps a touch more harmless than our ancestors – we are not pillaging cities or razing the English coastline!  The three of us met very early in our lives in the Danish countryside at a summer camp for enthusiastic amateur musicians. Not yet teenagers, we were the youngest players, so we hung out all the time playing football and chamber music together… Time passed and we grew up. We were enrolled at The Royal Academy of Music and our life as music students had begun. None of us have any memory of our lives without the string quartet ... Yes, playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did.
There is so much amazing music to delve into, and our hope is to continue our travels through life and music together as a quartet. And if all goes well, around 2060 we will beat the world record for longest running string quartet. On that day we will host a giant feast – you shall all be invited! -  Rune, Asbjørn, Fredrik and Frederik

The Quartet’s program touches on the kinds of music it loves and knows best – the great classics, music of Scandinavian composers, and a collection of Nordic folk songs artfully arranged by the quartet members themselves.

"What they do know is how to be an exceptional quartet, whatever repertory they play."

The New York Times

"This is one of the best quartets before the public today."

The Washington Post


Rolf Wallin: Swans Kissing (commissioned by the Danish String Quartet, 2016)
DSQ arrangements of folk music from the Nordic countries
Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”

Pre-Concert Event

6:45pm, Free to ticket-holders.
Steve Wogaman introduces the 2017-2018 season, plus speaks with members of the Danish String Quartet.


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