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11 May 2017 / DrehPunktKultur, 10.05.2017

Dänisches Streicherglück

 “The Danish String Quartet“ gastierte am Dienstag (9.5.) zum ersten Mal in Salzburg im Kammermusik-Stiftungszyklus im Wiener Saal, zu ihm gesellte sich noch der Klarinettist David Orlowsky. Ein exquisiter Konzertabend auf hohem musikalischen Niveau. Die Freude und Intensität, mit der die jungen Dänen ans Werk gingen, sprühten Funken in die Zuhörerschaft, die jedes Stück mit […]


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28 April 2017 / Politiken, 25.04, 2017

Strygekvartet blæste publikums øregange igennem med heftige musikalske bevægelser

Den Danske Strygekvartet leverede Beethovens sene kammermusik i moderne selskab og helt uden omsvøb. Folk bliver runde og milde med årene. Men ikke Den Danske Strygekvartet. Deres koncert søndag aften var noget af det vildeste, genren overhovedet rummer. Både i forhold til de værker, de havde valgt at spille – en kombination af stykker af […]


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28 April 2017 / Magasinet Klassisk, 25.04.2017

Rejsen mod den evige ussikerhed

Koncerten med Den Danske Strygekvartet bød både på skizofrenisk panik og ‘work in progress’. [scroll down for the english version] Fire ud af seks stjerner Beethovens Strygekvartet nr. 13., som kulminerer med ‘Grosse Fuge’, kan være en udholdenhedstest for alle involverede, inklusiv publikum. På alle måder er det en lang rejse med en entydig endestation. […]


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26 February 2017 / The New York Times, Feb. 20th, 2017

Looking Back on Haydn’s Legacy at the Chamber Music Society

“The Classical Style” — the musical principles conceived by Haydn in the 18th century — will be the theme of the 2017-18 season at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. That theme opens many doors for programming: The classical period’s champions and inheritors include Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, whose music will appear in a […]


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26 February 2017 / The Star Tribune, Feb.13th, 2017

Danish String Quartet rejects Beethoven stereotypes in Schubert Club concert

Portraits of Beethoven tend to show a rather gruff, forbidding individual, with no laugh lines etched into the face. And that stereotype too often influences performances of Beethoven’s music, presenting a humorless image of the composer shaking his fist at life. A very different view of Beethoven emerged on Sunday afternoon, in the latest recital […]


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3 February 2017 / The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Unanimous Outing for Danish Four

Today’s golden age of string quartets glisters more and more. It can hardly be the case that the Danish Quartet practices more, or harder, or somehow more effectively than other quartets today. But Saturday night at Jordan Hall in the Celebrity Series the group gave a performance of Beethoven and Alfred Schnittke with ensemble playing […]


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12 January 2017 / London Evening Standard

A night of Scandi blue dreaming

The Danish String Quartet’s outlined the ambiguities of Alfred Schnittke’s music without any exaggeration, writes Nick Kimberley Perhaps it was because the musicians were the Danish String Quartet, but last night’s performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Third String Quartet seemed like the soundtrack for a Scandi noir thriller. Written in 1983, it’s a work that tries […]


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4 January 2017 / The Huffington Post

Meet The Great Danes: Chamber Music With A Scandinavian Twist

Our guiding principle for choosing repertoire has always been pretty simple,” said Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola player for Danish String Quartet. “We only perform music we like.” “This sounds obvious,” he continued, “but sometimes as a classical music student you find yourself playing music that might be part of the canon but that you are not […]


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28 October 2016 / vulture.com

Music for a Bleak Election Season: A Glorious Shostakovich Moment at Carnegie Hall

On any given night, New York is full of extraordinary rites performed in basements and second-floor rooms. On Monday night, the Danish String Quartet carried out its regular professional duties, performing works by Shostakovich and Schubert at Carnegie’s underground Zankel Hall, and at the same time administered a raw kind of splendor. The concert opened […]


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21 October 2016 / The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2016

This Quartet Has a Line of Craft Beer

Back in 2012 and 2013, the members of the Danish String Quartet, who appear at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 26, had an unusual traveler accompany them on a tour through Denmark and England: a phenomenologist named Simon Hoffding. Then a doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen, he was troubled by a philosophical question: […]


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7 September 2016 / Klassisk nr. 46 / September - Oktober 2016

Sprøde, Voksne Drenge

Værker af Thomas Adés, Per Nørgård og Hans Abrahamsen. Den Danske Strygekvartet. ECM 2453 (CD) De fire drenge, der startede deres karriere som Den Unge Danske Strygekvartet, er i mellemtiden blevet voksne og har droppet betegnelsen unge. Men det er stadig en ung og dynamisk gruppe, og musikken, de her præsenterer, er blevet til, da […]


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9 August 2016 / The San Diego Union-Tribune

DSQ a highlight of SummerFest

Group’s members managed to perform as a unified entity A thousand years ago, Norsemen colonized the New World. On Friday evening, the Danish String Quartet landed as the opening act for SummerFest and won over the audience at Sherwood Auditorium. If you’re going to open, you might as well open big. Janáček’s “String Quartet no. 2” […]


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8 July 2016 / BBC Music Magazine

Exquisite nightmares

Helen Wallace relishes the Danish String Quartet’s atmospheric album Adès Arcadiana sprang into being in 1994, reaching back to a Venice haunted by Britten and Liszt in a series of seven idyll hallucinogenic intensity. Curious young quartets immediately recognised a work of genius: this recording and Quatour Varèse’s (see following review) brings the tally to […]


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25 May 2016 / Gramophone

ADÈS Arcadiana NØRGÅRD String Quartet No 1 ABRAHAMSEN String Quartet No 1

Though recorded five months earlier, this disc closely resembles a concert the Danish Quartet gave in October, marking the beginning of Thomas Adès’s Sonning Prize residency in Copenhagen. Out goes the highly reactive performance of Adès’s Piano Quintet (with the composer on keys) and in comes Per Nørgård’s little Quartetto breve, which makes a useful […]


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24 May 2016 / SFGate

Danish String Quartet New Music

The Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has been in the spotlight of late, thanks to the success of his chamber work “Schnee” and the extraordinary orchestral song cycle “Let Me Tell You.” But the ingenuity and clarity of that recent work goes all the way back to the beginning of his career, as evidenced by his […]


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16 May 2016 / NPR Classical

The Danish String Quartet’s Manifold Vision For Classical Music

The Danish String Quartet is one of the most widely acclaimed chamber groups at the moment — although, in the interest of full disclosure, we should tell you that one member of the quartet is actually Norwegian. The group has a new record calledAdès/Nørgard/Abrahamsen that features a program of Danish and British music. The composers highlighted […]


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10 May 2016 / Politiken

Strygere til nutiden

Spørgsmålet har luret i en del år: Hvornår ville Den Danske Strygekvartet bruge deres temmelig enestående greb om romantisk kammermusik til at puste liv i ny kompositionsmusik? Hvorfor skulle nulevende komponister ikke have glæde af ensemblets smukke balance og overvældende intensitet? Nu er pladen her så. Med musik af både Thomas Adés, Per Nørgård og […]


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22 April 2016 / The Guardian

Adès/Nørgard/Abrahamsen: Works for String Quartet CD review – grace and grit

Among all the dauntingly good young string quartets currently doing the rounds, the Danish String Quartet stand out: not because they’re shinier or plusher or pushier than the rest, but because of their nimble charisma, stylish repertoire and the way their light and grainy shading can turn on a dime. Their last album was a set of […]


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16 March 2016 / Santa Barbara Independent

Danish String Quartet at UCSB

When they touched down at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Tuesday, March 1, it was easy to see (and hear) why the Danish String Quartet have become one of the hottest attractions on the international classical circuit. Fredrik Oland, Rune Tonsgaard Sorenson, Asbjorn Norgaard, and Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin may have the hipster good looks of a […]


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23 February 2016 / The Classical Review

Danish String Quartet closes CMS Beethoven cycle with revelatory simplicity

There is more classical music in existence than any listener could hear in a lifetime. The big names, the great composers, dominate attention, and as much as their work deserves that, the constant presence of the same figures on concert programs—Bach, Mozart, Brahms, et al—can be come predictable. Then one gets to the late Beethoven […]


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15 November 2015 / The New York Times

Danish String Quartet Plays at the Rose Studio

The young players of the superb Danish String Quartet have been performing the four quartets by Denmark’s own Carl Nielsen ever since their student days. Yet these players had never performed all four on a single program until Thursday evening at the intimate Rose Studio, in a concert presented by the Chamber Music Society of […]


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11 November 2015 / Politiken

Den Danske Strygekvartet åbnede deres festival med voldsom dramatik

DSQ ramte den rigtige balance mellem hyggeligt samvær og den rigtig seriøse kunst. Ingen danser ædru’, står der på et hjemmelavet skilt på latin over den lille bar i det højloftede koncertrum i det, der engang var Søetatens Pigeskole i Nyboder. Så er stemningen slået fast. Den Danske Strygekvartets minifestival er igen i år klassisk […]


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11 November 2015 / Calgary Herald

Boyish Danish String Quartet all business on stage

Music for the string quartet constitutes the musical centre of any organization, like the Calgary Pro Musica Society, whose mission is to bring to its audience the best in chamber music. And it is only natural for there to be a constant look out for the next hot property. A year ago, fresh from its […]


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13 August 2015 / Examiner.com

Toronto summer festival

While the music for it is some of the most complex, sophisticated and difficult to write, there seems to be no shortage of string quartets. And while that doesn’t always equate with quality, it did last night with the Danish String Quartet performing as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Comprised of Danes Frederik Øland (violin), Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen […]


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13 August 2015 / ottawa citizen

A study in Nordic elegance

It was a Viking conquest at Chamberfest Wednesday night. The 2015 festival is winding down, and organizers have saved one of the most anticipated appearances until the penultimate evening. The Danish String Quartet, which was making its Ottawa debut, is one of the most enthusiastically promoted groups to come out of Europe in the past […]


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13 August 2015 / Boston musical intelligencer

One weekend, two quartets

…The Danish String Quartet, making its Maverick debut, gave us another memorable concert on Sunday afternoon. The program was drastically different from the Miró’s: Nielsen, Adès, and Shostakovich. I’ve never thought Nielsen’s string quartets are his best work, and the Quartet No. 1, in G Minor, Op. 13, is quite early Nielsen (age 24), written […]


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13 August 2015 / cape cod times

DSQ gives spirited festival performance

DENNIS – Call it the deconstruction of the fugue. Or rather the destruction of. The Danish String Quartet called Monday’s performance at Dennis Union Church “The Art of the Fugue.” Perhaps for tradition’s sake – or perhaps to avoid scaring the patrons. The concert, part of the ongoing Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, invoked the […]


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13 August 2015 / boston globe

Ambitious program proves rewarding

DENNIS — Even among the large crop of superb youngish string quartets — those with between five and 15 years under their belts — the Danish String Quartet stands out. The foursome — violinists Frederik Oland and Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, violist Asbjorn Norgaard, cellist Fredrik Schoyen Sjölin — boasts a confidence and command beyond the […]


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7 July 2015 / Classical Source

City of London Festival

City of London Festival – Danish String Quartet at Plaisterers’ Hall – Nielsen, Beethoven’s Harp Quartet, and Wood Works One of the attractions of the City of London Festival is the opportunity to attend venues that are seldom used for live performance. One such is Plaisterers’ Hall, which paid host to the Danish String Quartet […]


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7 July 2015 / The Amati Magazine

REVIEW: Danish String Quartet/CLF

Plaisterers’ Hall, London, 22 June 2015 With the big bang that launches his F minor String Quartet Op.5, Nielsen seems to say: Here I am, ready to face the great tradition head on. In this City of London Festival performance, the Danish String Quartet created an explosion that radiated after-shocks through the rest of the […]


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7 July 2015 / The Sunday Times

Glittering marvels

Sublime playing by three quartets, and poetic pianism by Melvyn Tan The City of London Festival, now in its 53rd instalment, is less preoccupied with classical music than it used to be — it’s distinctly more populist — but this is still the main strand, and the opening event was a concert of rare quality. […]


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6 March 2015 / Politiken

Hipsterkvartet fremhævede knaster og splinter i Carl Nielsens musik

Warszawa, Dresden, Haifa, London … tager man et kig på deres hjemmeside, kan man forvisse sig om, at Den Danske Strygekvartet har hele verden som sin arbejdsplads. Og i år, hvor det er 150 år siden, Carl Nielsen blev født, er der Nielsen på programmet rigtig mange af de steder, hvor kvartetten lander, indlogerer sig […]


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3 March 2015 / Berlingske Tidene

Seks stjerner til fire strygere

Washington Post kaldte dem en af de bedste kvartetter i dag. De har optrådt kloden rundt og høstet sværme af stjerner hos kritikerne. Og deres seneste album spilles på samtlige Starbucks’ cafeer fra denne måned og et helt år frem. Men de er også bare et hold herrer med hverdag i den danske hovedstad – […]


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24 February 2015 / New York Times

Flourishes From Denmark

Anyone listening to the Danish String Quartet for the first time on Friday evening didn’t have to wait long to figure out what all the raves have been about. From the start of the opening work, Haydn’s Quartet in C (Op. 54, No. 2), to its hushed ending, the group exhibited a remarkable smoothness and […]


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11 December 2014 / allmusic.com

..really stands out

This release on Denmark’s Dacapo label may seem an unlikely candidate for the classical best-seller lists, but several factors have propelled it to that level. Among these are the residence of the Danish String Quartet at New York’s Lincoln Center and the viral success of a video performance of some of a three-section wedding piece heard on […]


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17 October 2014 / Hyde Park Herald

Daring Danes Deliver

University of Chicago presents kicked off its 2014-15 season with a remarkable performance at Mandel Hall by the Danish String Quartet. Violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violist Asbjørn Nørgaard and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin were thrilling in performances of works by Haydn, Schubert and Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen. They opened their concert with a […]


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17 October 2014 / Washington Post

Fastidious playing..

The Danish String Quartet is now a dozen years old, and though its members are still boyish and gangly, the group is in full artistic flower. After its performance last year at the Library of Congress, I wrote: “It is a true four-way collaboration. The violinists trade off the first chair, and no personality dominates […]


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11 October 2014 / chicagoclassicalreview

DSQ opens season with intense premiere

The Danish String Quartet made a largely impressive Chicago debut with a nicely balanced program to open the University of Chicago Presents series Friday night at Mandel Hall. The young chamber ensemble possesses a light, silvery sonority, one that proved eminently well suited to the opener, Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, no. 5. […]


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28 September 2014 / classicalreviewer

“..terrific performances..”

The Danish String Quartet, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and Frederik Øland (violins), Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola) and Frederik Schøyen Sjölin (cello), was founded in 2001 when the members were still students. In their booklet notes the Danish Quartet tell us that they have borrowed and arranged some of their favourite Nordic folk tunes and let the music […]


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26 July 2014 / San Jose Mercury News

Danish Quartet’s radical Beethoven

ATHERTON — Among the young string ensembles making their mark in classical music, the Danish String Quartet is the enfant terrible. 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. Friday night at […]


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4 July 2014 / irish examiner

“..crowned the weekend”

The West Cork Music Chamber Music Festival’s commitment to contemporary music was demonstrated from the off, with the Danish String Quartet playing Hans Abrahamsen’s 10 Preludes to begin the opening concert. They tore into it bristling with confidence. For those of us for whom such atonality remains somewhat impenetrable, we could still admire the quartet’s […]


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8 May 2014 / DSQ

Wood Works released!

Things are going well for The Danish String Quartet. At the same time as the quartet has been working as Ensemble-In-Residence for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York, it is also part of theBBC New Generation Programme in England. Now the quartet is striking out on new paths with the release of a CD that is […]


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8 May 2014 / Århus stiftstidede

Rheinländer rock’n’roll

Det folkelige element ved koncerten tirsdag aften i Aarhus Musikforening kom stærkt og særdeles underholdende frem i det, man kunne kalde dobbelt op på ekstranumre: Først efter Mozart som afslutning på koncertens første del, siden efter Brahms til slut. I begge tilfælde var der tale om elegant arrangeret folkemusik, der både viste musikernes høje teknisk-kunstneriske […]


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24 April 2014 / bachtrack.com

Intense and compelling

**** Danish String Quartet makes quite a splash in Dublin There is a tendency for chamber groups nowadays to sport unusual, or interesting or even humorous names: the Kronos Quartet or Trio con Brio to name but two. On such a system, the Danish String Quartet (DSQ) must rank rather low indeed. However, what the DSQ lacks with dull nomenclature, they […]


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24 April 2014 / Irish Independent

Review from Dublin

Founded 12 years ago, the exceptionally talented Danish String Quartet is now regarded as one of the finest in Europe. Plaudits are unstinted and, judging by their program me here, these have not been misplaced. Carl Nielsen’s Third Quartet dates from the end of the 19th century and, while grounded in tradition, it has also […]


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17 March 2014 / The new yorker

The Musical Life

LADS Last month, during the Beatles fiftieth-anniversary hoopla, a hot young European foursome with distinctive hairdos—Asbjørn Nørgaard, Frederik øland, Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin, and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen—landed in New York for a high-profile gig. They are the Danish String Quartet, from Copenhagen, and they’re at the beginning of a three-year residency with CMS Two, the Chamber Music […]


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4 March 2014 / DSQ

DSQ signing with new agency

We are very happy to have signed a contract with the wonderful Mark Stephan Buhl Artists Management who will represent us in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and East Europe. We are very excited!!


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13 February 2014 / New York Times

Sometimes, Even the Young…

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has a hit ensemble on its hands with the remarkable Danish String Quartet. This season the group began a three-year residency with the society’s CMS Two program for outstanding younger performers. Having played to acclaim last fall at the Kaplan Penthouse, the ensemble gave its first performance at Alice Tully Hall […]


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2 August 2013 / SF Classical Voice

Magical Danes Debut at Music@Menlo

There is music in another dimension. Just as a times music takes over when words fail, there is this otherworldly experience that relieves the limitations of music itself. This is what you hear in the maze of the forest and of anguished feelings in Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night; when Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 trails off into silence; […]


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7 May 2013 / DSQ

Recording session done..

We just finished our recording session with the heavenly clarinetist Sebastian Manz. The cd, which is set to be released early next year, features music by Brahms and his pupil Robert Fuchs. We did the session in Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich, and fate smiled to us, because the semi finals of the Champions League, both […]


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13 February 2013 / Politiken

Strygekvartet med fedt i håret…

Den Danske Strygekvartets længe ventede opfølger til cd-succeserne med Carl Nielsen er både overraskende og medrivende – og det går virkelig stærkt. Finalesatsen i Haydns strygekvartet nr. 53 ryger over scenen på bare 2 minutter. Alt er timet og koordineret som en maskine af små piblende motiver, der alle sammen leder mod den store kulmination. […]


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17 December 2012 / Concerti

Hipster Haydn

So stellt man sich eine junge skandinavische Band vor: Verstrubbelt blond und unverschämt hip sitzt das Danish String Quartet auf dem Cover des neuen Albums vor blauem Himmel. Neues Album? Wie altmodisch in Zeiten von mp3 und youtube! Aber sie seien klassische Musiker, von denen werde das verlangt, besagt ein Zitat auf ihrer Website. Dabei […]


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23 November 2012 / New York Times

DSQ, With Haydn and Brahms

In 2004 the Young Danish String Quartet, as it was then called, made an impressive New York debut at Scandinavia House. The players, who had met at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen, were certainly young: all under 21. They were also clearly accomplished and ambitious. Since then the quartet has wisely dropped “young” from its name and, as […]


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14 October 2012 / New York Times

Brightness Mirrors Solemnity

The word “unbearable” may seem an odd description to apply to a stunning performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor (Op. 132), but when the Danish String Quartet played the work on Thursday in the Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House, there was an almost unbearable intensity to its searing interpretation of the slow movement. Beethoven […]


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8 September 2012 / DSQ

DSQ-Musikfest, our very own festival

October 25.-27 we hosted our annual festival called “DSQ-Musikfest”. ‘Fest’ means ‘party’ in Danish, and we really had a good time. Musicians came in from Scandinavia and Germany and all three evenings were full of great music and atmosphere. Check out the photos from the festival here. They are full of soul!!


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1 September 2012 / DSQ

Frederik Øland injured in football match

Our dear violinist Frederik Øland, has broken a bone in his left arm. The heroic footballer tried to stop a ball flying in a straight line towards his own goal, and tripped over another guy laying in the grass. He didn’t manage to stop the goal from happening, and his efforts were thus pointless. The […]


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1 June 2012 /

New DSQ video live

We have found our self playing more and more of Scandinavian and Danish folk music. So recently we took our iPhones and did a little video of our self playing a Danish trad. Check it out here.      


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