For members of the Danish String Quartet (comprised of Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin; Frederik Øland, violin; Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; and Norwegian Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello) it can be said that few things — yet everything— has changed since they first met at a youth music camp run by the Danish Amateur Orchestra Association in their early years. Most notable of the things that remain unchanged is that the four 30-somethings are still in their early years — a hip, bearded ensemble who drink beer, have their own music festival (and beer) in their home city of Copenhagen, and have been hailed as the world's best string quartet for their renditions of classical masterpieces and traditional Scandinavian folk music.
While the acclaim — and all that comes with it — have been newer perks to their stardom, much of the original pieces of their friendship and musical inspiration have stayed intact since their meeting. "Being able to travel the world with your childhood friends, to build a project together that we all feel equally strong about," says Nørgaard of some of the perks of watching their musical talents grow together. "But, maybe more importantly the small things; the feeling of being a part of a perfectly balanced chord, the bliss of being able to make music without talking or discussing much, just trusting the group intuition."
The group's intuition has landed them in sold-out concert halls around the world, and now in the Vail Valley, as scheduled performers for Bravo! Vail After Dark's summer series on July 29 at Edwards' Crazy Mountain Brewery, and again on July 31 at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle. The four are newcomers to the valley, and are looking forward to bringing their same impeccable brand of chamber music to a venue that might not normally see their style of music. "The venue doesn't matter so much for the experience if we are performing in a living room, a brewery or a concert hall. What matters is the atmosphere and the quality of sound. We do our own festival in Copenhagen in a rather small room that only seats 200 people and we always try to create an atmosphere that is 'hyggelig' but 'deep' at the same time," says Nørgaard. "We are looking forward to performing at Crazy Mountain Brewery — and we have great expectations for the beer selection afterwards!"
Cheers to that.