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Christina Åstrand   (Born 1969)

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Christina Åstrand is one of the most remarkable violinists in scandinavia. at the early age of 13 she was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in Århus and at just 22 she was engaged as leader of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She was born in Skan­derborg into a musical family and began play­ing at the age of four according to the Suzuki method. At the academy in Århus her teacher was tutter Givskov, and later she studied in Paris with Gérard Poulet, until she graduated with her own soloist debut in 1990. Christina Åstrand’s repertoire in both solo concertos and chamber works ranges from the clas­sical masterworks to brand new composi­tions. She has given several violin concertos their first performance and is one of the few violinists in the world who masters the Violin concerto of the late György Ligeti. Christina Åstrand appears on several CDs including a recording of Danish Romantic violin con­certos by Emil Hartmann (on Dacapo) and Niels W. Gade and Axel Gade (on Danacord). Her recordings of Per Nørgård’s and Ligeti’s violin concertos (on Chandos) won the pres­tigious French Prize Diapason d’or in 2001. Another highly acclaimed CD features the horn trios of Brahms and Ligeti (on Chan­dos), which she recorded with the hornist Jakob Keiding and her husband, the pianist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Per Salo. Christina Åstrand is a Dame of the order of the Dannebrog and has received many honours, including the Jacob Gade Prize and the Tagea Brandt Travel Grant.

Live Dates

04/06/2014   Sjældne sonater på Sophienholm og ny CD
Christina Åstrand og Per Salo har opdaget en mesterlig samling violinsonater af dansk-tyske Friedrich Kuhlau.
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18/05/2011   The Danish Horn Trio on British new music festival
This year's Sounds New Festival in Canterbury offers an exclusive release concert featuring The Danish Horn Trio - Christina Åstrand (violin), Per Salo (piano) and Jakob Keiding (French horn).
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02/12/2014   MusicWeb International

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"The performances are stylish and deft, and appropriately modest where need be. They’ve been well recorded."
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10/11/2014   Gramophone

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"The playing on the new Dacapo disc is admirably clean, flexible and responsive, both to the music and between the two players."
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25/09/2014   MusicWeb International

Friedrich Kuhlau Violinsonater vol. 1
"Op. 79 seem to offer a more personal insight into Kuhlau the composer and his individual style."
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01/09/2014   Klassisk

Forfriskende Guldalderromantik
4/6 Stars

"Christina Åstrand og Per Salo spiller med glød og gejst."
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04/08/2014   David's Review Corner

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"They are duos with an equally demanding part for piano, much of the thematic content given to the keyboard, the violin’s role being decorative."
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26/06/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
4/6 Stars

"Christina Åstrand og Per Salo spiller alle fire sonater med en velgørende naturlighed og stilsans, og udgivelsen vil givetvis vække både glæde og forundring blandt musikinteresserede."
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26/06/2014   Fyens Stiftstidende

Guldaldermusik for to
4/6 Stars

"Det er ikke ”stor” musik, men udførelsen her med to af landets erfarne kunstnere berettiger bestemt opmærksomhed."
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20/06/2014   Jyllands-Posten

Romantisk Tænding
4/6 Stars

"Salo virker i den grad tændt, og hans spændstige bund giver Åstrand mulighed for at krænge sjælen ud mellem nodelinjerne og levere andet end en tur i guldaldertrædemøllen."
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18/06/2014   JC Klassisk

Friedrich Kuhlau: Violinsonater vol. 1
"Samarbejdet betyder musik, som i sin inderlighed og sit udtryk giver en romantisk friskhed, som det er ideelt at lytte til netop nu."
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21/06/2012   Bornholms Tidende

Kasper Rofelt: The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion
"Denne cd udstiller en smuk balance mellem det teknisk virtuose, indbygget i kompositionerne, og det udadvendte kunstneriske."
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01/04/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Kasper Rofelt: The song I'll never sing - værker for accordeon
5/6 Hjerter

"På denne portræt-cd sendes akkordeon-vindene af sted i alle retninger, og der væltes uafbrudt mure, så spillerummet flot udvider sig."
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21/11/2011   American Record Guide

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
"These Danish composers from three generations seem intent on forging their own paths ... this is a fascinating and powerful piece."
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01/10/2011   Gramophone

Ruders, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Eichberg: Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
"Taken together, they offer a fascinating cross-section of the diversity of temperament among Danish composers ... a disc that is as finely recorded as it is played."
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04/09/2011   The Digital Fix

Simon Christensen & Bill Morrison: TRIBUTES - Pulse
"Tributes - Pulse looks and sounds absolutely terrific...The ability to finally see some of Morrison's work in HD will be more than enough reason to pick up this disc."
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21/06/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Distant Still - Trioer for violin, horn og klaver
4/6 Stars

"De tre musikere har spillet sammen siden slut-90' erne, og viser til fulde, at instrumentsammensætningen er udfordrende og lytteværdig."
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08/06/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
4/6 Stars

"De tre musikere spiller hele vejen igennem med en omhyggelig sans for detaljerne."
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15/08/2009   Audiophile Audition

Romantic Violin Concertos
5 Stars

"All three concertos are beautifully executed by Christina Åstrand who shows off the upper register of her instrument with a lovely purity of both tone and intonation."
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Photo: Agnete Schlichtkrull

Discography

Violin Sonatas Vol. 1
Violin Sonatas Vol. 1
Friedrich Kuhlau

CD 8.226082 (2014)

Four sonatas by Kuhlau, who with his wide network was the most international composer in the Danish music of the 1820s and 1830s

The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion
The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion
Kasper Rofelt

CD 8.226564 (2012)

Magical new music written specifically for the young accordion virtuoso Bjarke Mogensen. Minimalistic and virtuosic all at the same time.

TRIBUTES - Pulse
TRIBUTES - Pulse
Simon Christensen & Bill Morrison

BD 2.110411BD (2011)

In this art movie American filmmaker Bill Morrison and Danish composer Simon Christensen explores the theme of "pulse" in both music and film

Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano
Ruders, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Eichberg

CD 8.226549 (2011)

Contemporary works written for The Danish Horn Trio by Poul Ruders, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Søren Nils Eichberg

Romantic Violin Concertos
Romantic Violin Concertos
N.W. Gade, Lange-Müller, Langgaard

SACD 6.220562 (2009)

Languishingly beautiful music played with soul and brilliance by Christina Åstrand

Sonatas for violin and piano
Sonatas for violin and piano
Niels W. Gade

CD 8.226066 (2009)

The three violin sonatas by the most famous Danish composer of the Romantic era

Double Concertos
Double Concertos
Anders Koppel

CD 8.226055 (2008)

Dancing, imaginative music with major roles for saxophone, piano, violin and accordion

Concertos
Concertos
Emil Hartmann

SACD 6.220511 (2005)

Brilliant Romantic concertos for violin, cello and piano

Orkesterværker
Orkesterværker
Fini Henriques

CD 8.554977 (2002)

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Fini Henriques

CD 8.224173 (2002)

The frolicsome musical wizard Fini Henriques – a phenomenon from the turn of the last century


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