Performance Today

with host Fred Child

In studio with the Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet: Frederik Oland, violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, violin; Asbjorn Norgaard, viola; Fredrik Sjolin, cello
The Danish String Quartet Caroline Bittencourt
22min 50sec

Three members of the Danish String Quartet first met as teens in a summer music camp. They grew up, went to music conservatory, and acquired a Norwegian cellist.

The Danish String Quartet debuted at the 2002 Copenhagen Music Festival, and has made an astounding rise in the classical music world.

The quartet also doesn't take itself too seriously.

From their website:

We are three Danes and one Norwegian cellist, making this a truly Scandinavian endeavor. We are often joking about ourselves being modern Vikings — perhaps a touch more harmless than our ancestors — we are not pillaging cities or razing the English coastline!

The Danish String Quartet includes Frederik Oland, violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, violin; Asbjorn Norgaard, viola; and Fredrik Sjolin, cello. They joined PT Host Fred Child in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Music Studio to perform youthful music by Felix Mendelssohn, and their own transcription of traditional Danish folk music.


The Danish String Quartet: Frederik Oland, violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, violin; Asbjorn Norgaard, viola; Fredrik Sjolin, cello
The Danish String Quartet Caroline Bittencourt
Asbjorn Norgaard of the Danish String Quartet
Asbjorn Norgaard APM photo/Nate Ryan
Frederik Oland of the Danish String Quartet
Frederik Oland APM photo/Nate Ryan
Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen of the Danish String Quartet
Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen APM photo/Nate Ryan
Frederik Oland, Asbjorn Norgaard, and Fredrik Sjolin of the Danish String Quartet
The Danish String Quartet APM photo/Nate Ryan
Frederik Oland, Asbjorn Norgaard, and Fredrik Sjolin of the Danish String Quartet
The Danish String Quartet APM photo/Nate Ryan
The Danish String Quartet
The Danish String Quartet APM photo/Nate Ryan
The Danish String Quartet: Frederik Oland, violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, violin; Asbjorn Norgaard, viola; Fredrik Sjolin, cello
The Danish String Quartet APM photo/Nate Ryan