Nightingale String Quartet
Nightingale String Quartet was formed in 2007 and consists of Gunvor Sihm and Josefine Dalsgaard, violins, Marie Louise Broholt Jensen, viola, and Louisa Schwab, cello. All four are students in the soloist course at the academies in Copenhagen and Aarhus with Professor Tim Frederiksen as mentor and chamber music teacher. Since September 2012 the quartet has also studied regularly with Professor Hatto Beyerle, founder of the Alban Berg Quartet and ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy). Nightingale String Quartet has won prizes in several chamber music competitions in Denmark and abroad, including DR P2’s Chamber Music Competition and the Charles Hennen Concours in Holland. In October 2010 Nightingale String Quartet was awarded the Danish Radio P2 talent prize 2010 “for with burning passion, irresistible zest, and infectious mutual responsiveness making the classical string quartet wriggle with life – so that the music speaks directly and strongly to both new and old listeners”. In 2013 Nightingale String Quartet was awarded the Artists’ Prize of the Danish Music Critics and in the summer of 2014 they were included in The Danish Arts Foundation’s exclusive 2-year support scheme “The Young Elite”. Nightingale String Quartet’s first CD of Rued Langgaard’s collected string quartets was released by Dacapo Records in 2012. The release won the DR P2 Prize as Danish CD of the Year, and was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award as “Chamber CD of the Year”. The second Langgaard CD (released 2013) has too received excellent reviews all over the world including a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine, and like Vol. 1 it was selected as Gramophone’s ‘Editor‘s Choice’. In September 2014 Gramophone awarded Nightingale String Quartet the prestigious ‘Young Artist of the Year Award’ for their work with Rued Langgaard’s string quartets.