Fokus on Beethoven, diversity and inclusion
Prior to their tour of north England the Engegård Quartet can be heard live on BBC Radio 3
From Friday 15th - Saturday 16th June 2018, Norway will pay homage to Edvard Grieg on his 175th birthday. This is being celebrated on national television and radio, with NRK broadcasting live in relay the complete works of Edvard Grieg. This live broadcast will be the world's longest ever Grieg concert. Starting at 17.30 on Friday with op.1, 'Grieg Minute for Minute' is estimated to take 30 hours, and will involve over 600 musicians with 74 different works being performed in a variety of venues! We are truly delighted be a part og this musical extravaganza, and will be performing the only string quartet at Grieg's former home, Troldhaugen in Bergen. We will be setting our alarm clock, as the string quartet op.27 is due for broadcast live on NRK at 3.29am!!
Read more about Grieg Minutt for Minutt and the Engegård Quartet on NRK's Webpage (Norwegian only).
In May the Engegård Quartet performed no less than eight concerts, which included two world premieres, at the Hardanger Music Festival. The glorious weather provided the most stunning backdrop to some truly memorable outdoor concerts.
Click to read a review of the festival (Norwegian only)
The Engegård Quartet together with Bishop Emeritus, Tor B. Jørgensen, will perform Haydn's 'Seven last words on the cross' in four concerts throughout Norway. The Engegård Quartet greatly look forward to performing this masterpiece, regarded by many as one of Haydn's most profound works. Each movement will be interspersed with texts written and read by Tor B. Jørgensen. The concerts take place the week before Easter.
Friday 23rd March 19.30 at Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo
Saturday 24th March 21.00 in Nidarosdomen, Trondheim
Sunday 25th March 19.30 at Bodø Cathedral, Bodø
Monday 26th March 19.30 in the Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø.
Tickets for these concerts can be purchased online at TicketCo.
The Engegård Quartet are undertaking three tours to the UK in 2018. The first of these tours will take place from 4th to 10th March when the Quartet will be performing in Conway Hall, London (Sunday 4th March), Luton Music Club (Monday 5th March), St David's Hall, Cardiff (lunchtime concert, Tuesday 6th March) and in Penzance (Saturday 10th March). Further tours are planned in August 2018 and November 2018. Concert details together with programmes can be found in our Concert Calendar.
Nils Økland has taken Norwegian folk music into the realms of improvisation. The Engegård Quartet's projects with Nils delve into Norwegian music of many facets, including the classical greats like Griegs G minor Quartet, a 20th century foray into folk music by Johan Kvandal, and exploration of Nils´own compositions, very much inspired by his deep roots in folk music.
On Tuesday 27th February the Engegård Quartet again joined forces with Harding fiddle player Nils Økland in a concert as part of the Oslo Quartet Series at Gamle Logen, Oslo. The programme was entitled 'Roots' and included Haydn's String Quartet op.76 no.1, Johan Kvandal's 'Quintet' for Harding fiddle and String Quartet, Bartok's 4th String Quartet and a selection of Nils' own compositions arranged for Harding fiddle and string quartet.
'Shakespeare meets Beethoven' is the Engegård Quartet's third project with award winning actor Bjørn Sundquist. A tour with Bjørn in February 2018 saw us performing concerts at Melbu in the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway to Flekkefjord in the south. In between were concerts in Tønsberg and Porsgrunn. Excerpts from Shakespeare's 'As you like it', 'Macbeth', King Lear, Twelfth Night and Hamlet combined with Beethoven's late string quartet op.130 made for memorable performances. We look forward to future collaborations with Bjørn.