Engegård Quartet artist

ENGEGÅRD QUARTET: ARVID ENGEGÅRD & ALEX ROBSON — VIOLIN JULIET JOPLING — VIOLA JAN CLEMENS CARLSEN — CELLO Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, the Engegård Quartet has rapidly become one of Norway’s most sought after ensembles. Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their Scandinavian roots has attracted international acclaim, and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. The quartet’s debut CD was praised as ‘breath-taking’ in The Strad, while their second release won Pizzicato magazine’s ‘Supersonic Award’. More recently, a CD of works by Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen was praised by Tully Potter in MusicWeb International as ‘what Grieg lovers have been waiting for’. The Engegård Quartet has a busy concert schedule throughout Scandinavia and further afield. They have performed in some of the world's finest venues, including the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Prague’s Rudolfinum, and Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil. Festival performances include the Delft Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, and Heidelberg’s Streichquartettfest. Members of the quartet are also deeply involved in bringing superb chamber music to Norway – Arvid Engegård as founder of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and Juliet Jopling as founder and co-artistic director of the Oslo Quartet Series. The Engegård Quartet have recently launched a totally new minifestival “På 123”, a three-day journey into the life of one composer each autumn, in Nynorskens Hus in Oslo. 2016 saw the first ever edition of this festival, which was devoted to Robert Schumann. The Engegård Quartet has had the honour of working with Sir András Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, and Emma Johnson MBE, among others. They also love to collaborate with colleagues from different musical traditions, including fusions with Hardanger fiddler Nils Økland and with jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg, and a programme of Ibsen and Beethoven with actor Bjørn Sundquist. The Engegård Quartet is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.