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Christina Bjørkøe   (Born 1970)

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Christina Bjørkøe began playing the piano at the age of 5. She was a pupil of Therese Koppel until 1990, then at the age of 19 was admitted to the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a pupil of Seymour Lipkin. Later she concluded her studies with Anne Øland at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where she made her debut in 1997. At the age of 16 she was already performing as a soloist with an orchestra, and since then she has given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician both in the major series at the Tivoli Concert Hall with music by Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert, and in various parts of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. Christina Bjørkøe has recorded Carl Nielsen’s piano works, which brought her the DR P2 Prize in 2009. She was also awarded the P2 Prize in 2005 for Best Classical Solo Recording with Knudåge Riisager’s piano works. Christina has won several prizes and grants, among which she can number the Victor Borge Grant, the Gladsaxe Music Prize and the Carl Nielsen Travel Grant. Christina Bjørkøe has been a soloist with most Danish symphony orchestras, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and among orchestras abroad has worked with the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Recife Festival Orchestra in Brazil, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In recent years she has given concerts in China, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Italy and South America. Her many recordings include Niels Viggo Bentzon’s piano sonatas and, along with the violinist Johannes Søe Hansen, Vagn Holmboe’s violin sonatas, and with the violinist Arne Balk-Møller violin sonatas by Børresen, Glass and Henriques. She has most recently recorded Poul Rovsing Olsen’s Piano Concerto with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Christina Bjørkøe works as a lecturer at the Southern Denmark Academy of Music and Theatre School.

Live Dates

30/11/2012   Koncert og release: 2 x Søe spiller Riisager
Kom til koncert og CD-release med Johannes Søe Hansen, Anne Søe Iwan og Christina Bjørkøe mandag d. 10. december
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29/11/2012   New video: Søe & Søe plays Riisager
Violinist Johannes Søe Hansen and his sister Anne Søe Iwan talk about their new Riisager recording, also featuring pianist Christina Bjørkøe
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07/09/2012   Discreet orchestral virtuosos
We caught up with conductor Bo Holten for a short chat about his two new CD releases with music by Erik Norby and Poul Rovsing Olsen
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29/09/2010   DR P2 Prisen 2010

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12/01/2016   David's Review

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN: Viola Works
"I take the performances at face value, the Danish viola player, Anette Slaatto, a player of outstanding dexterity."
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03/12/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN: Værker for bratsch
5/6 Stars

"Lytningen udvikler sig til en fem kvarter lang vandring ind i en dansk komponists særprægede landskab. Og hvad bratschen angår: Alene udtrykket -den skovmørke klang- siger meget om instrumentets karakter."
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01/12/2015   JC Klassisk

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN: Værker for bratsch
"Det tilkommer nu om stunder DR at uddele de danske pladepriser. Der er et stykke tid til næste uddeling, men man må til den tid ikke glemme ”Viola Works” med musik, som for mange vil være værd at opdage i disse musikalsk overbevisende udførelser i en fin teknisk optagelse."
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01/01/2014   Listen Magazine

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
"It's gratufying to come across an excellent piano concerto never heard before."
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13/10/2013   Expedition Audio

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
RECOMMENDATION: "I've spun this CD many times - these are substantial and intriguing works, given exceptional performances and captured in excellent sound."
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01/10/2013   American Record Guide

Knudåge Riisager: Violin Works
"Superbly performed and recorded."
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01/09/2013   Gramophone

Knudåge Riisager: Violin Works
"Rewarding", "Warmly expressive", "No less impressive are the artistry and dedication lavished on the programme by all the performers."
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13/05/2013   MusicWeb International

Knudåge Riisager: Violin Works
"With first class notes and recorded sound Riisager is in the finest of hands here."
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25/03/2013   Audiophile Audition

Knudåge Riisager: Violin Works
"The sound on this recording is extremely warm and enveloping, a model of how chamber violin should be captured in surround.", "Rarely have I heard such an engaging and thoroughly rousing set of sonatas."
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21/03/2013   Gramophone

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
"Dacapo’s sound is excellent."
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19/03/2013   American Record Guide

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
"Exceptionally-well-played-and-recorded."
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14/03/2013   MusicWeb International

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
"Christina Bjørkøe handles the wide changes of tempo and mood with great aplomb and subtlety."
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26/02/2013   Fanfare

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
"All I can say is grab it, sit back, and close your eyes when listening: The music will do the rest."
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04/01/2013   OPUS

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
5/6 Stars

"... makalöst spel av Christina Bjørkøe ... en omistlig kulturgärning från Bo Holten och Dacapo".
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13/12/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Knudåge Riisager: Violin Works
"Det er en berigelse for dansk musikliv, at en række musikere i vores førende symfoniorkestre også giver sig tid til at dyrke kammermusik med kolleger og venner - og at anstrengelserne kan bære så smukke frugter."
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01/11/2012   Records International

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
"Clear-cut rhythms, expressive melodic lines and colorful tonal effects."
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Chamber Music Release of the Year Nominee

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01/09/2010   Gramophone

Vagn Holmboe: Works for violin and piano
"Holmboe's complete output for violin and piano, delivered impeccably"
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02/12/2009   The Strad

Vagn Holmboe: Works for violin and piano
"...Søe Hansen excelling in the almost Bach-like contrapuntal lines, and Bjørkøe creeping in with subtle, interweaving dialogue."
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24/11/2009   Politiken

Vagn Holmboe: Works for Violin and Piano
5/6 Hjerter

"Holmboe er slidstærk og ægte. I særdeleshed, når musikken spilles med omhu og pondus af Johannes Søe Hansen og Christina Bjørkøe."
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07/10/2004   Politiken

Knudåge Riisager: Piano Works
5/6 Stars

”Bjørkøes rige klangfantasi og dristige gestiske udtryksfuldhed smelter sammen med en usvigeligt sikker forståelse af mekanikken og detaljernes betydning”
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Discography

Viola Works
Viola Works
Axel Borup-Jørgensen

CD 8.226584 (2015)

Light Imprisoned
Light Imprisoned
Anders Nordentoft

CD 8.226577 (2014)

A new, masterful cello concerto and other cello works by Anders Nordentoft, com¬posed especially for the virtuoso Henrik Brendstrup

Violin Works
Violin Works
Knudåge Riisager

SACD 6.220594 (2012)

The violin was Riisager’s own instrument, and in the violin works we hear his inimitable, roguish personality as directly as we could wish

Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
Poul Rovsing Olsen

CD 8.226038 (2012)

Brilliant music from the 1950s by a composer with an unusually international outlook. A real discovery!

Works for violin and piano
Works for violin and piano
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.226063 (2009)

A most convincing love of music-making is evident in these works by the master Holmboe

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Herman D. Koppel

CD 8.226003 (2006)

Mature, compact works by a master of the art of characterization

Romantic Violin Sonatas
Romantic Violin Sonatas
Børresen, Glass, Henriques

CD 8.226005 (2006)

Two full-blooded sonatas from the turn of the last century by Hakon Børresen and Louis Glass

Piano Sonatas vol. 2
Piano Sonatas vol. 2
Niels Viggo Bentzon

CD 8.226030 (2006)

Dynamisk og gnistrende værker af efterkrigstidens enfant terrible i dansk musik

Piano Works
Piano Works
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.226004 (2004)

Highly acclaimed CD of Riisager’s emphatic, witty piano music from the mid-twentieth century


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