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Danish String Quartet
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8pm
Seligman Performing Arts Center
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.
Rolf Wallin: Swans Kissing (commissioned by the Danish String Quartet, 2016)
6:45pm, Free to ticket-holders.
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