Arvid Engegård, violin | Sara Chen, violin | Juliet Jopling, viola | Jan Clemens Carlsen, cello
The Engegård Quartet saw the light of day under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006. The ensemble quickly became one of the most sought after in Norway. The quartet is known for its many bold and fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire. At the same time, they place emphasis on marking their Scandinavian origins.
The quartet has gained international recognition, and they have helped to create good and close ties with several leading international performers. The ambition is reflected in very varied and rich concert programs.
The Engegård Quartet’s debut CD was released in 2008. The album was hailed as Norway’s best classical release according to Kjell Hillveg, one of the country’s most prominent music critics. For this record, the Engegård Quartet also received brilliant international reviews, including “The playing is breathtaking” in The Strad, and “First rate quartet playing” in the International Record Review. Their second release was awarded the very high-hanging “Supersonic Award” by the music magazine “Pizzicato”.
Their CD releases by the Nordic masters Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen were critically acclaimed, and have garnered well-deserved recognition: “Here we have probably got the interpretation that Grieg lovers have been waiting for,” says the English great Tully Potter in Music Web International.
The Engegård Quartet is active with its concert activities in the Nordic countries and abroad. Europe’s finest concert venues are guest, such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Rudolfinum in Prague. Important festivals have also experienced their joy of playing, such as at the SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, the St. Magnus International Festival in Orkney, as well as in the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany. In 2015, they played for an enthusiastic audience in Bogotá, and Sao Paolo in South America.
The members of the Engegård Quartet are all fundamentally concerned with promoting chamber music here in Norway. Arvid Engegård is both founder and artistic director of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and Juliet Jopling is strongly involved in the Oslo Quartet Series as a founder and artistic advisor.
Their innovative mini-festival “on 1-2-3” takes place in Oslo every autumn. With a focus on one composer each year, the festival brings together some of the country’s best musicians, and has proven to be very popular.
The Engegård Quartet has performed with a number of the foremost soloists of our time, such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Emma Johnson, and András Schiff. The quartet also thrives in the company with the established folk musician Nils Økland, with the actor Bjørn Sundquist and with the jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg.