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The Danish String Quartet Makes Princeton Debut February 6, 2014

January 24, 2014

THE DANISH STRING QUARTET MAKES PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS DEBUT FEBRUARY 6, 2014

Princeton University Concerts presents the Princeton debut of the Danish String Quartet on February 6, 2014 at 8PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.   The concert will be preceded by a Musical Preview concert at 7PM featuring students of the Princeton Pianists Ensemble.  Three Danes and a Norwegian, all in their early thirties and boasting copious amounts of hair and humor, comprise the Danish String Quartet, newly chosen as members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two Program. They joke about being modern Vikings -- "perhaps a touch more harmless than our ancestors. We're not pillaging cities or razing the English coastline!  We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard." And talent. The three Danes began to play together while in their teens, and in 2008 were joined by a Norwegian cellist whom they found "hidden away in a castle outside Stockholm."  Playing string quartets is their job, and, they allow, it is hard work, "but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did."

The DSQ's Princeton program includes Scandinavian folk music as well as Carl Nielsen's Quartet No. 3, a rarely heard Scandinavian masterpiece. The complete program follows:

NIELSEN  String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 14
A JOURNEY THROUGH SCANDINAVIAN FOLK MUSIC
    INTERMISSION
MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13 
   
ABOUT THE DANISH STRING QUARTET
Frederik Øland, violin - Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin - Asbjørn Nørgaardand, viola -Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

Embodying the quintessential elements of a chamber music ensemble, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for possessing an integrated sound, impeccable intonation, and judicious balance. Since making its debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the group of musical friends has demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, who they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs, while also proving skilled and profound performers of the classical masters. Last season, the New York Times selected their concert as a highlight of the year: "One of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven's Opus 132 String Quartet that I've heard live or on a recording."

Since winning the Danish Radio P2 Chamber Music Competition in 2004, the quartet has been in great demand throughout Denmark and in October 2013 it presented the seventh annual DSQ-Musikfest, a three-day festival held in Copenhagen that brings together musical friends the quartet has met on its travels. Outside of its homeland the quartet will perform in the UK, Spain, Germany, Northern Ireland, Australia, Norway, Poland, and the US during the 2013-14 season. 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 Danish String Quartet has performed at the famed hall on several occasions. It will return to Wigmore Hall in April 2014 to perform a program of Beethoven and Haydn. The quartet is a member of Chamber Music Society Two and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.


LISTING INFORMATION
THE DANISH STRING QUARTET

WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8PM
Musical preview featuring members of the Princeton Pianists Ensemble at 7PM, free to ticketholders

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $45, $35, $20 ($10, $5 for students) available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu or download at princetonuniversityconcerts.org/for-press

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