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Danish String Quartet Embraces Classical Works With Warmth and Energy

Audience members raved about the Danish String Quartet’s streamed “HomeStage” performance presented by the Moss Arts Center last year, underscoring that even treasured canon repertoire sounds new when performed by the Grammy-nominated ensemble.

With an unequivocal warmth and spontaneity in its music-making, the ensemble is in demand on concert stages around the world. The quartet makes its in-person Moss debut on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m., with a performance that includes Purcell and Schumann quartets and the ensemble’s own Nordic folk music.


The event will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

Featuring Frederik Øland (violin), Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin), Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola), and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (cello), the Danish String Quartet is known for impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and an expressivity inextricably bound to the music.

As David Finckel, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, describes, “…the quartet brought a love and reverence and magic and selfless dedication — it was so powerful and so intense, you stopped judging and gave yourself over.”

The quartet will perform Purcell’s Chaconne in G minor; Schumann’s String Quartet in A major, op. 41, no. 3; and “Folk Tunes,” which features pieces from two Danish String Quartet recordings: “Wood Works” (2014), a collection of the group’s favorite melodies from Nordic folk music, and “Last Leaf,” which took its initial inspiration from an unusual Christmas hymn, “Now Found Is the Fairest of Roses,” first published in 1732 by Danish theologian and poet H.A. Brorson.

Its Moss performance is one of over 20 performances the ensemble is giving throughout North America as part of its 2021-22 season, including debuts at the University of Georgia, 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.

The Danish String Quartet has received numerous citations and prizes, including first prize in the Vagn Holmboe String Quartet Competition and the Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, as well as the audience prize at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition in 2005. In 2009 the Danish String Quartet won first prize in the 11th London International String Quartet Competition, now known as the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition.

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Following the performance, the Danish String Quartet will interact with audience members in a question-and-answer session.

Quartet members will also coach Virginia Tech music students in an in-person master class in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre on Friday, Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Ticket information

Tickets for the performance are $25-55 for general public and $10 for Virginia Tech students. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center’s box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required to attend this performance. Masks are required at all times for patrons, visitors, and staff regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces at the Moss Arts Center. More information about these requirements is available on the Moss Arts Center website.

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