The Norwegian E ngegård quartet played string quartets by Haydn and Bartók and were joined by
Joseph Haydn (1732—1809) - String Quartet nr 60 in G major, Op.76:1, Hob III:75
Béla Bartók (1881—1945) - String Quartet nr 4, Sz.91
Edward Elgar (1857—1934) - Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.84
Engegård Quartet and Bengt Forsberg, piano
More information about the artists
Formed 2006 under Lofoten's midnight sun the Engegård Quartet is one of Norway’s most sought after ensembles. Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their Scandinavian roots has attracted international acclaim and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. The quartet’s debut CD was praised as ‘breath-taking’ in The Strad, while their second release won Pizzicato magazine’s ‘Supersonic Award’. Recent CD releases include Mozart’s ‘Prussian Quartets’, the complete string quartets of Schumann and works by Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen.
The quartet's members are Arvid Engegård and Alex Robson, violin, Juliet Jopling, viola and Jan Clemens Carlsen, cello. They have a busy concert schedule throughout Scandinavia and further afield and have performed in some of Europe’s finest venues including the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Prague’s Rudolfinum. Last year they travelled to South America for concerts in Bogotá and Sao Paolo. Festival performances include the Delft Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, and Heidelberg’s Streichquartettfest.
Their latest appearance at Allhelgonkyrkan was in April 2010.
Bengt Forsberg, piano. is one of Sweden's foremost pianists. Among his regular partners are mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. As a soloist, Bengt has performed with the Stockholm Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony. He has also given solo recitals in, among other places, London's Wigmore Hall.
Bengt has released a large number of CDs, not least with Anne Sofie von Otter, several of which have received major international awards, such as Grammy and Gramophon's Recording of the Year. In recent years, Bengt has released prized discs with female composers, "Neglected works for piano", works for violin and piano by Carl Nielsen together with Cecilia Zilliacus, cello music by Fauré with Andreas Brantelid, English music for viola with Ellen Nisbeth and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt a CD with music by Amanda Maier. In Mayj 2018 Bengt's CD ”Amanda & Julius – Works for piano by Amanda Maier och Julius Röntgen” was chosen by the newspaper BBC Music as that month's music for solo instrument.
Bengt Forsberg is KVAH's artistic director and has been responsible for the chamber music series at Allhelgonakyrkan for over 30 years.