September 3, 2013
Caroline Bittencourt

The Danish String Quartet has been named one of BBC Radio 3’s 2013 New Generation Artists – six young artists Radio 3 believes will be the classical music stars of the future.  In 2009, the Danish String Quartet not only won First Prize in the Eleventh London International String Quartet Competition, but their performance was so convincing that it was awarded four additional prizes: the 20th-Century Prize, the Beethoven Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Menton Festival Prize.

Embodying the quintessential elements of a chamber music ensemble, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for its integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance.  With its technical and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making, the Quartet is in demand worldwide by concert and festival presenters alike. The New York Times selected the group’s 2012 Scandinavian House concert as a highlight of the year: “One of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 I’ve heard live or on disc.” This scope of talent has secured a three-year appointment in the coveted Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program beginning in the 2013-14 season.

Following a successful series of concerts for Music@Menlo, the Quartet performs at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC followed by a contemporary program in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse and a concert of Beethoven and Mendelssohn in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  Boston's Celebrity Series sponsors the group’s Boston debut with additional concerts slated for Cal Performances in Berkeley and chamber music societies in Detroit, San Diego, Dallas, Princeton, Sedona and St. Cloud.  The Danish String Quartet recently recorded works by Brahms and Fuchs with award-winning clarinettist Sebastian Manz at the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich for AVI-music.  An album of beloved Scandinavian folk songs programmed and arranged by the Quartet will be released on an independent label. Both recordings will be released in early 2014.

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