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World-Class Danish String Quartet to Perform at Middlebury Oct. 7

September 25, 2017

Program to Include Bartók, Beethoven, and Nordic Folk Music

Middlebury, VT—Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best quartets before the public today,” the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for integrated sound, impeccable intonation, and judicious balance. They will debut on the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on October 7, with a program including Bartók’s first quartet, Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet, and lively arrangements of traditional Nordic folk tunes.

Though the Quartet is a rising star in the chamber music scene, in demand in the most prestigious venues around the world, audiences may love them equally well for their refreshing approach to music. Quartet members Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin), Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola), and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (cello) have a youthful, hip stage presence and a special authenticity to their playing. They note, “Our friendship has allowed us to enjoy life as a string quartet quite a bit, and we believe that music thrives when musicians are happy, confident, and enjoying each other’s company on and off the stage.”

About the Danish String Quartet

Embodying the quintessential elements of a chamber music ensemble of the highest caliber, the Danish String Quartet matches their technical and interpretive talents with an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (The New Yorker). Since making their debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the musical friends have demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, who they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs, while also giving skilled and profound interpretations of the classical masters.

The New York Times selected the quartet’s concerts as highlights of 2012 and 2015, praising “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording,” and “the adventurous young members of the Danish String Quartet play almost everything excitingly.”

The Danish String Quartet’s expansive 2017–2018 North American season includes more than 30 performances across 17 states, featuring a richly satisfying array of diverse repertoire which includes both giants of the string quartet canon—Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and Mozart—and lesser-performed works by Sibelius, Schnittke, and Jörg Widmann.

The Quartet’s debut recording on ECM Records features works of Danish composers Hans Abrahamsen and Per Nørgård and English composer Thomas Adés, and received five stars from The Guardian, praised as “an exacting program requiring grace, grit, and clarity and the Danish players sound terrific...It’s a sophisticated performance.” The recording debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Classical Chart and continues to earn international acclaim. In addition to their commitment to highlighting Scandinavian composers, the Danish String Quartet derive great pleasure in traditional Nordic folk music. Their most recent album, Last Leaf, was released in September 2017.

The Quartet has earned many honors and awards, including First Prize in the 2009 London International String Quartet Competition, the 2010 NORDMETALL-Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize in 2011, and the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Performance Details

The Danish String Quartet will perform on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or



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The Danish String Quartet plays at the Mahaney Center for the Arts October 7. Photos Caroline Bittencourt (gold photos), Nikolaj Lund (all others)

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