Sunday, January 23, 2022 | 5:30 PM

Danish String Quartet

The Howard Family Concert; The Reiko T. and Yuan C. Lee Fund for Outstanding String Performers

Location: Shriver Hall

The Danish String Quartet’s joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (The New Yorker) is entirely infectious. The dazzling Grammy-nominated group – three Danes and a Norwegian – perform Britten’s extroverted Divertimenti, a uniquely curated suite of dances, and Schubert’s thrilling Death and the Maiden quartet, one of the pillars of the repertoire.

“I can’t imagine a more involving performance.” – The New York Times

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Danish String Quartet

Frederik Øland, violin
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

Among today’s many exceptional chamber music groups, the Grammy nominated Danish String Quartet continuously asserts its preeminence. The Quartet’s playing reflects impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and, above all, an expressivity inextricably bound to the music. The recipient of many awards and prestigious appointments, including Musical America’s 2020 Ensemble of the Year and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, the Danish String Quartet was named in 2013 as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and appointed to the The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

In 2021-2022, the Danish String Quartet introduce DOPPELGÄNGER, an ambitious 4-year international commissioning project. DOPPELGÄNGER pairs world premieres from four renowned composers—Bent Sørensen, Lotta Wennäkoski, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Thomas Adès—with four major works from the masterful chamber music repertoire of Schubert. The first commission, composed by Bent Sørensen and inspired by Schubert’s Quartet in G Major (D.887), is scheduled to premiere in 2021.

In addition to performances of DOPPELGÄNGER, the Danish String Quartet gives over 20 performances throughout North America in the 2021-2022 season. Highlights include debuts at the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center, Shriver Hall, and Virginia Arts Festival, return trips to Boston’s Celebrity Series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, Chamber Music Cincinnati, and University of Washington’s Meany Hall, and a tour of Florida. European highlights include tours of Denmark, France, Germany, and Amsterdam.

Violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørenson and violist Asbjørn Nørgaard met as children at a music summer camp where they played soccer and made music together. In 2008, the three Danes were joined by Norwegian cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin. Their latest album, Prism III (ECM)—featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13, Op. 131, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1, and Bach’s Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849 from The Well-Tempered Clavier—was released in March 2021. Learn more at www.danishquartet.com.

“They could be grounded in their tone or mystical. They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.” —The Los Angeles Times

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Three Divertimenti

'An Alleged Suite', A Curated Suite of Dances

  • Prelude, CHARPENTIER: Prelude
  • Allemande, JOHN ADAMS: Pavane: She’s so fine
  • Courante Trad. Polska
  • Sarabande, BLUMENFELD: Sarabande
  • Gavotte, JOHN ADAMS: Stubble Crotchet
  • Gigue 1, CHARPENTIER: Gigue française
  • Gigue 2, JOHN ADAMS: Toot Nipple

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"

Program Subject to Change Without Notice