Danish String Quartet

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The Danish String Quartet was hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of the best quartets before the public today’. The quartet finds itself at the core of the classical music world. They have interpreted works by eminent composers such as Beethoven and Mozart, as well as Danish folk music. The ensemble has been given the honour of performing at many prestigious venues across the world. Consisting of three Danes and one Norwegian cellist, they’re making their career a truly Scandinavian endeavour, often joking about themselves as being modern day Vikings with an above-average amount of beard.

The four met for the first time at a very young age at a summer camp for musicians and since then became best friends rehearsing together on a regular basis. At the age of 15 the ensemble became a renowned string quartet coached by professor Tim Frederiksen at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

One of the trademarks of the quartet is their fresh approach to standard repertoire and the powerful impact they make on stage. The Danish String Quartet has been appointed many distinctions such as the first prize in the 11th London International String Quartet Competition, The 20th Century Prize, the Beethoven Prize, Sydney Griller Award and the Menton Festival Prize. Prior to these accomplishments the quartet has won many competitions in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. The quartet have made their radio debut being Danish Radio Artist in Residence. They were given the opportunity to record Carl Nielssen’s full repertoire of string quartets in the Danish Radio Concert Hall. Their recordings were celebrated as extremely successful among critics after being released by record label Dacapo.


One of the best quartets before the public today.

The young artists have performed across Europe, and are making regular returns to Germany and Wigmore Hall in London. The quartet has participated in many masterclasses and has been tutored by the eminent Tokyo- and Emerson Quartets, Alasdair Tait, Hugh Maguire and Paul Katz. The bearded men have been awarded with Denmark’s most prestigious cultural prize, the Carl Nielssen Prize in 2011.


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It plays with an urgency that can feel dangerous, and with a unity of intention that makes familiar material stand out in bold relief, as if it were brand new territory.