Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, the Engegård Quartet rapidly became one of Norway’s most sought-after ensembles. Its bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to its Scandinavian roots have attracted international acclaim, and inspired innovative partnerships and programming. Previous releases on disc have been exceptionally well received, with the quartet’s recording of Edvard Grieg’s quartet [BIS-2101] being described as ‘what Grieg lovers have been waiting for’ on MusicWeb-International.com.
The Engegård Quartet has a busy concert schedule throughout Scandinavia and further afield. They have performed in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues including the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Prague’s Rudolfinum, and recently visited South America for concerts in Bogotá and São Paulo. Festival performances include the Delft Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, and Heidelberg’s Streichquartettfest. Members of the quartet are also deeply involved in bringing superb chamber music to Norway – Arvid Engegård as founder of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and Juliet Jopling as artistic director of the Oslo Quartet Series.
The Engegård Quartet has had the honour to work with performers such as András Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland and Emma Johnson. The ensemble also enjoys collaborations with colleagues from outside the field of classical music, including a folk/classical fusion with Hardanger fiddler Nils Økland, a collaboration with jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg, and a programme of Ibsen and late Beethoven with actor Bjørn Sundquist. The Engegård Quartet’s own mini-festival concept has proven immensely popular and is now a regular event each year. The most recent edition was ‘Mozart 1-2-3’, which provided a three-day feast of chamber music, song, piano works and lectures.
The Engegård Quartet is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.
For further information, please visit the Engegård Quartet's website.