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Christina Åstrand

violin
1969
© Bjarne Stæhr

Christina Åstrand (b. 1969) 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 Aarhus 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 the violin according to the Suzuki method at the age of four.

Christina Åstrand’s repertoire in both solo concertos and chamber music works ranges from the classical 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 by György Ligeti.

Christina Åstrand – both as a soloist and chamber musician – makes a great effort to spread the knowledge of Danish music, both through concerts and her many CD recordings. As a soloist, she has recorded Danish romantic violin concertos by composers such as Emil Hartmann, Niels W. Gade and Axel Gade. Her recordings of the violin concertos by Per Nørgård and György Ligeti won the prestigious French award Diapason d’Or in 2001. In 2014 Christina Åstrand had her American debut playing Niels W. Gade’s violin concerto with the Chicago Philharmonic.

Chamber music also is an important part of Christina Åstrand’s repertoire. For more than 20 years she has played in the Duo Åstrand/Salo with pianist and husband Per Salo. Together they have played a large number of concerts and they have made numerous CD recordings. Even here the focus has been on Danish music. Several Danish composers have written works for Christina Åstrand. She has a long-standing collaboration with Hans Abrahamsen, with whom she founded the Århus Sinfonietta. Hans Abrahamsen has written a new solo piece for violin and orchestra which will soon be given its premiere performance. Christina Åstrand is a Dame of the Order of the Dannebrog and has received numerous awards and prizes.

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    Nachtmusik · For Violin and Orchestra

  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    Violin Sonatas Vol. 2

  • Martin Lohse

    Collage de temps

  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    Violin Sonatas Vol. 1

  • Kasper Rofelt

    The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion

  • Simon Christensen

    TRIBUTES - Pulse

  • Poul Ruders, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Søren Nils Eichberg

    Distant Still - Trios for violin, horn and piano

  • Niels W. Gade, P.E. Lange-Müller, Rued Langgaard

    Romantic Violin Concertos

  • Niels W. Gade

    Sonatas for violin and piano

  • Anders Koppel

    Double Concertos

  • Emil Hartmann

    Concertos

  • Fini Henriques

    Orchestral Works