The Royal Danish Academy of Music is the oldest music academy in Denmark. It is a dynamic and vibrant artistic educational institution, centered on teaching, which counts among its principal tasks the aim of continuing to develop classical music and enhance its relevance on an ongoing basis, as a central part of contemporary musical and cultural life.
The Academy has a broad musical and stylistic span, ranging from period music to classical-romantic, as well as more recent and new contemporary music, including the compositional music of tomorrow.
Nightingale String Quartet
Nightingale String QuartetCarl Nielsen’s String Quartet Op. 13 in G-minor; Rued Langgaard’s String Quartet No. 3; and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D-minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden.”
Inspired by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about the little nightingale, the Nightingale String Quartet was founded in 2007 by violinists Gunvor Sihm and Josefine Dalsgaard, violist Marie Louise Broholt Jensen, and cellist Louisa Schwab. All four are currently studying their masters at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Professor Tim Frederiksen as their chamber music mentor and coach.
The quartet has won prizes at several national as well as international chamber music competitions, including the Danish Radio P2 talent prize 2010. In June 2008 the quartet won 1st prize at the Royal Danish Academy of Music’s scholarship chamber music competition. After having only played together for a year and a half, the quartet won 2nd prize at the Danish Radio’s chamber music competition in February 2009. In April 2010 the Nightingale String Quartet was awarded 2nd prize at the international chamber music competition Charles Hennen Concours in Holland. As a result of this prize the quartet was exclusively invited to take part in the summer course Orlando Festival in Holland along with only 3 other prize winning quartets. At the festival they received daily coaching from the legendary violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and performed at several concerts around the area.
Besides from being taught by professor Tim Frederiksen, Nightingale String Quartet has also received instruction from members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, Quatour Danel, and the Danish String Quartet. They have taken part in Milan Vitek’s course in the Czech Republic, the Orlando Festival in Holland, and have had lessons with Lilia Schulz, György Kurtág, Vlad Bogdanas, Jensen Horn-Sin LAM and Roberto Díaz.
In the winter of 2010 Nightingale String Quartet will begin recording all of Rued Langgaard’s string quartets for the Danish record label DACAPO.
Trio Ismena & Soprano Dénise Beck
Trio Ismena & Soprano Dénise BeckCarl Nielsen’s Piano Trio No. 1 in G-major, Genrebillede, I Seraillets Have, and Æbleblomst op. 10, No. 1; Peter E. Lange-Müller’s Piano Trio Op. 53; selections from Peter A. Heise’s Dyveke’s Songs; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E-minor, Op. 67.
Formed in 2004 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Trio Ismena has established itself as one of the most exciting and promising young chamber ensembles on the Danish music scene. Having won 1st prize in the Danish Radio Chamber Music Competition 2009 and 3rd prize in the Trondheim International Piano Trio Competition 2007, the trio now looks forward to a season with concerts in major halls in Denmark and tours to China, Spain, Germany, and the United States.
Professor Tim Frederiksen was their mentor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. They also received instruction from the Tokyo, Jerusalem, and Vermeer Quartets, as well as Gerhard Schulz of the Alban Berg Quartet. Subsequently they have performed at the most important Danish music festivals and music societies as well as at festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
The trio is also interested in playing contemporary music, which has resulted in several collaborations with composers, most notably with the Danish composer Ib Nørholm. In the future they plan to collaborate with several American composers as well.
Since 2009 Trio Ismena has been a part of the chamber music class at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Camara, Reina Sofia in Madrid where the professors include Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Art Trio and Professor Ralf Gothoni.
Trio Ismena & Soprano Dénise BeckDénise Beck graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2010 with the highest grade. From 2008-2010 she studied in the soloistclass at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen with Professor Kirsten Buhl Møller. She also received lessons with Professor Julie Kaufmann in Berlin and Michael Eliassen from Philadelphia.
Beck has performed in opera houses and on stages around the world, including Salzburger Landestheater, Volksoper Wien, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Oper Klosterneuburg Vienna, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien, Wigmore Hall London, Operacity Shinjuku-Tokyo, Bunkan Kaikan Tokyo, and Teatro Nacional de Brasilia.
Apart from her opera career, Dénise Beck is a renowned concert and oratorio soloist. She has performed in Copenhagen, Vienna, Innsbruck (at the Tiroler Festspiele), Montepulciano, Italy, Düsseldorf, Germany, Zell am See (at the New-Year Concerts), Hanoi, Bangkok (in honor of his Majesty the Kings´Anniversary in 2006), Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Brasilia. In 2010 she went on tour in Japan with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Dénise Beck has worked with various renowned conductors and stage directors such as Ira Levin, Kazufumi Yamashita, Giancarlo Andretta, Nicholas Milton, David Levi, Johannes Wildner, Enrico Calesso, baroque specialist Ingomar Rainer, Reto Nickler, Didier von Orlowsky, Thomas Barthol, Johannes Pölzgutter, and Anna Bernreithner.
In 2004 she won the first Prize in the Young Singers competition in Denmark and in 2010 she won 2nd Prize in the Richard Tauber competition in London.
Nielsen WindsSamuel Barber’s Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 31; Jørgen Jersild’s At spille i skoven – Serenade for Woodwind Quintet; and Carl Nielsen’s Woodwind Quintet Op. 43.
Nielsen Winds has its roots in the Royal Danish Academy of Music’s select ensemble, Rosenørns Ensemblet, led by Prof. Max Artved, put together with the most talented strings and wind students, as well as occasionally pianists, percussionist and other instrumentalists, of the Academy.
The idea behind the ensemble is to give advanced students the possibility to play some of the great pieces of the musical literature, both chamber music pieces and pieces for a larger ensemble. The repertoire of Rosenørns Ensemblet consists among other pieces of R. Strauss: Serenades, Dvořák: Serenade, Schumann: Piano Quartet and Quintet, Mozart: Gran Partita, Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp. Lately the ensemble performed Messiaen: Piano concerto “Oiseaux Exotiques” and Mahler: Kindertotenlieder.