NIGHTINGALE STRING QUARTET CV
Nightingale String Quartet is based in Copenhagen and consists of Gunvor Sihm and Josefine Dalsgaard, violins, Marie Louise Broholt Jensen, viola, and Louisa Schwab, cello. The core of the quartet's identity is their passion for the amazing string quartet repertoire as well as their strong love for each other as musicians and best friends.
Nightingale String Quartet is educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where professor Tim Frederiksen, since the founding of the quartet in 2007, has been their mentor. They have also received coachings from professor Hatto Beyerle, founder of Alban Berg Quartet and European Chamber Music Academy in Hannover.
In june of 2008 the quartet won 1st prize at the Royal Danish Academy of Music's chamber music competition, and the year after they won 2nd prize at the Danish Radio’s Chamber Music Competition. In 2010 Nightingale String Quartet was awarded 2nd prize at the international chamber music competition “Charles Hennen Concours” in Holland and the same year they received the Danish Radio P2 Talent Prize 2010 "for - with burning passion, irresistible zest, and contagious mutual responsiveness - making the classical string quartet flounder with life, so that the music speaks directly and strongly to the novel as well as the experienced listener”.
In 2011 the quartet received Léonie Sonnings Music scholarship, Jacob Gades scholarship as well as the Odd Fellow scholarship. As the recepient of the prestigious 'Critic's Artist Prize 2013' Nightingale String Quartet appeared as soloist with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in July 2013. In 2014 Nightingale String Quartet was named Gramophone "Young artist of the Year", as the first ensemble in the history of the prize.
Besides their extensive concert lineups in Denmark Nightingale String Quartet has toured China, Russia, Brazil, America, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and South Africa. The quartet had their Wigmore Hall debut in London in January 2014.
The CD series with Rued Langgaard's complete string quartets, released by Dacapo Records, has sent the four Danish musicians in Nightingale String Quartet straight to the top in international music press, with awards like Editor’s Choice in two of the worlds leading music magazines for classical music, Gramophone og BBC Music Magazine. Also American, French and German critics have fallen for Nightingale String Quartets Langgaard renditions and also in their homeland the series have received the highest praise.
The 1st CD was released in March 2012 and won a P2 prize for ”Danish CD of the Year 2013” and was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine award for “Best Chamber CD of the year”. The CD was also highlighted as both BBC Music Magazine ‘Chamber Choice’ og Gramophones ‘Choice’ in June 2012:"This young Danish Ensemble throws itself into the music with a vehemence and a sense of purpose...they bring such impetus and fire to bear that you would hardly guess... To call the second volume 'eagerly anticipated' would be a massive understatement." (David Fanning, Gramophone maj 2012)
“Strange and Wonderful... The Nightingale Quartet understand all these aspects: the provocative vitality, the fragile sensitivity and the striking intellectual independence behind it all.” (Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine maj 2012).
In November 2013 Rued Langgaard's string quartet Vol.2 was released and also this CD was selected as Gramophone ”Editors Choice” in April 2014. The last CD in the series was released in September 2014 and was nominated for a Gramophone Award as well as for a P2 prize for ”Danish CD of the Year 2015”.
Nightingale String Quartet has in collaboration with the film director Mads Nygaard Hemmingsen produced two ground breaking classical music videos to music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Rued Langgaard, both challenging what classical music is, and what it can accomplish. The videos can be watched on youtube.com and vimeo.com or under the ”Video” tap on this website.