Nightingale String Quartet receives Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and prepares for the release of their 3rd and final Langgaard CD
When the world’s leading periodical for classical music, Gramophone Magazine, presented its coveted awards in London on 17 September at St John’s Smith Square, a new world opened up for the young Danish Nightingale String Quartet. From being students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and debutantes on the CD market, the four string players have now joined the ranks of the renowned classical names who have been honored with the Young Artist of the Year award at Gramophone’s tradition-rich ceremony in London. The Quartet was also invited to perform at the event alongside artists such as star violinist Leonidas Kavakos and flute legend James Galway.
Visionary CD series
In recent years the four young string players in the Nightingale String Quartet have surprised both concert audiences and critics with an unusual choice of repertoire: hitherto unknown string quartets by the eccentric early-20th Century Danish composer Rued Langgaard. With their CD series, which will be rounded off in November with the release of string quartets 1 and 5, the four Danish girls – who are still students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music – have garnered immediate international recognition, with “Editor’s Choice” in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. American, French, German and Danish reviewers have also fallen for the Nightingale String Quartet’s heart-rending interpretations of these passionate works of Rued Langgaard’s youth.
The Quartet is now ready to present the third CD in their Langgaard series, to be released internationally in November this year.
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”Fearless, honest and intelligent”
Andrew Mellor, Reviews Editor of Gramophone, writes:
“The world is awash with talented string quartets these days. Some have won competitions, some have been awarded residencies or gained places on international mentoring schemes. The Nightingale String Quartet chose a different path, making their name by recording challenging, elusive works by a composer still viewed by many as a curiosity. The results have shown that these four musicians are as fearless as they are honest and intelligent. Stamped through their Langgaard recordings is clear depth of thought and emotional integrity. They took time over every phrase of this irascible music, and the process has turned them into a remarkable ensemble while enriching the lives of hungry music lovers from Copenhagen to Caracas. Already the Nightingale String Quartet are changing the way we hear music with their innovative films and desire for new repertoire. They present a new model for young classical artists around the world and it is for this reason they were a clear choice for Gramophone’s Young Artist award.”
Gunvor Sihm says, on behalf of the Nightingale String Quartet: “Getting this award is the biggest thing that’s happened in our quartet career. The list of previous award-winners is full of names of the world’s top musicians, and we are hugely honoured and grateful for being allowed to join them. Along with Tim Frederiksen, our mentor and producer, and Simon Brinkmann, our producer, we have been exploring Rued Langgaard’s music for the past four years, and we’re so happy that it’s finally being granted the attention it deserves.”