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Kroger Kvartetten
Concert Sunday at 16:00, Granhøj Dans
External link: www.krogerkvartetten.dk
Kroger Kvartetten
Ensemble (DK)

The Kroger Quartet consists of Alexander Øllgaard and Maj Kullberg on violins, Stine Hasbirk on viola and Johan Theorin on cello.

The Danish Kroger Quartet made its debut in 1999 - not in Denmark, but at a festival of contemporary Danish music in Indiana in the USA. It was only some time later that the Danish public realized that a new top-class ensemble had been born. The spotlight was turned in earnest on the Kroger Quartet in 2004 when it won a prize at the DR Chamber Music Competition. "Vitality, sheer joy in playing and musical commitment mixed with a profound mutual intimacy with the works," was one of the comments on the breakthrough of the young quartet.

The four musicians are internationally trained, and as an ensemble have been taught by Tim Frederiksen in Copenhagen and David Takeno in London. The Kroger Quartet has also attended masterclasses with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet.

As for the Quartets name - which has mystified and fascinated people ever since the beginning - the Kroger Quartet is called after the American composer James Kroger whom they met in the USA; or after the Canadian violin bow maker Eric Kroger; or after the title character in Thomas Manns tale Tonio Kröger ...

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