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String Theory to Welcome Danish String Quartet



String Theory, in partnership with Lee University and the Hunter Museum of American Art, will welcome the Danish String Quartet, making their Chattanooga debut, for the next installment of its concert season. The performance will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga and will feature works by Beethoven and Nordic Folk Music.

Founded in 2009 by pianist and Artistic Director Gloria Chien, String Theory brings acclaimed chamber musicians from around the world to perform in the intimate setting of the Hunter Museum.

With their technical and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), the Danish String Quartet is in demand worldwide by concert and festival presenters alike. Since making its debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the quartet has demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers who are frequently incorporated into adventurous contemporary programs, while also giving skilled and profound interpretations of the classical masters.

The quartet comprises violist Asbjørn Nørgaard, violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin.

Praised by The Washington Post as “one of the best quartets before the public today,” the group performs throughout the United States, as well as internationally in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Israel, South America, and their native country Denmark.

The Danish String Quartet is the recipient of the Carl Nielsen Prize and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. The quartet was also awarded First Prize in the Vagn Holmboe String Quartet Competition, First Prize in Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition, and the Audience Prize in the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition.

The quartet’s recent debut recording on ECM Records received five stars from The Guardian, praised as “an exacting program requiring grace, grit and clarity” and “a sophisticated performance,” and features works of Danish composers Hans Abrahamsen and Per Nørgård, along with English composer Thomas Adés.

This will be the Danish String Quartet’s first U.S. tour since its ECM record release.

Individual concert tickets are $35 for Hunter members, $45 for non-members, $10 for students with a valid student ID, and $25 for groups of 20 or more people.

For more information on String Theory at the Hunter Museum of American Art or to purchase tickets, call (423) 414-2525.
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