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New CD from this year’s recipient of the Crown Prince and Princess’s Stardust Prize

The violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and his trio Gáman present a new CD which combines new works by leading Danish composers with traditional folk tunes from Greenland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands

On Monday 28 October the Danish Crown Prince and Princess’s awards will be presented in a TV Awards Show broadcast from the Opera House in Sydney. To mark the awards presentation Denmark’s national recording label Dacapo Records is releasing a new CD by one of the recipients of the special Crown Prince Couple's Stardust Prize, the young violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen - also known as concert master of the Copenhagen Phil and primarius of The Danish String Quartet.


Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and the trio Gáman. Photo: Jette Jørs

Love for folk music

The Crown Prince and Princess’s argument for awarding Rune Tons­gaard Sørensen the highly publicized talent prize speaks of the young violinist’s love of the traditional folk music of the Nordic countries. The press release issued by the Bikuben Foundation on the announcement of this year’s prizewinners earlier this year said: “Few other musicians in the classical world do more to mix classical music with Danish folk music.” bl.a.: ”Få andre musikere i den klassiske verden gør mere for at blande den klassiske musik med den danske folkemusik.”  

Early and Late

With the new CD Early & Late, set for release in Denmark on the day of the awards ceremony, Rune Tonsgaard and his trio Gáman focus on traditional tunes from the Danish Commonwealth: a distinctive combination af folk tunes from the island of Fanø, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, and three brand new works by two Danish and one Faroese composer form the unusual content of the CD, as reflected in the album title.

Invited to international festivals

It isn’t only the Danish Crown Prince and Princess who have an ear for Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen’s special talent for both classical and folk music. As a member of the trio Gáman he was invited earlier this year to appear at the festival Other Minds in San Francisco. On 24 November the trio will play in England at the Huddersfield Contem­porary Music Festival, which will at the same time form the setting for the British launch of the new CD.

Classical iTunes-album

The classical side of Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen’s violin playing can also be heard on CD. Five years ago, as a member of the Danish String Quartet, he released two CDs of Carl Nielsen’s string quartets for Dacapo Records. The CDs gave the quartet its international breakthrough, and this year the ensemble has shot right to the top of the classical music world as the “house quartet” at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society (New York) and on BBC Radio 3 as part of the . To mark these honours the Danish String Quartet’s Carl Nielsen recordings have just come out in a special collected edition on iTunes.




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