The Danish Piano Trio
Formed in 2015 this ensemble comprises three of Denmark’s most outstanding musicians. Having initiated their career together with a debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and with a release of the praised disc Danish Romatic Piano Trios, they are now a popular ensemble in Denmark entering the international stages for chamber music. The summer of 2017 includes performances at Frederiksværk and Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festivals in Denmark as well as Usedomer Musikfestival, Germany
The Danish pianist Katrine Gislinge, has established herself as one of Scandinavia’s most significant pianists performing both solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe and USA.
She holds a soloist diploma from the Royal Danish Academy of Music where she studied with Anne Øland and has undertaken further studies with Seymour Lipkin in New York, Boris Berman at Yale University and Peter Feuchtwanger in London.
She has performed at many festivals including Lockenhaus Festival, Austria, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, France, Cervantino Festiva, Mexico, Bergen Festival, Norway, and London City Festival in Britain.
She has performed with musicians and conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Eri Klas, Kurt Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Emanuelle Pahud, Gerard Causse, Jin Wang and Augustin Dumay, in several radio and TV programs, and has been a judge at numerous piano competitions.
Born in 1968 in Los Angeles, Lars Bjørnkjær is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Utrecht Conservatorium in the Netherlands, where he studied under Viktor Liberman and the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied from 1988 to 1992 with Sally Thomas and Dorothy Delay.
In 1993, Lars Bjørnkjær was appointed concertmaster of the Royal Danish Orchestra. He is also in demand as a guest concertmaster orchestras and opera houses throughout the Nordic region and has repeatedly visited major Scandinavian orchestras.
As a soloist Lars Bjørnkjær has played concertos with orchestras in Denmark and abroad with conductors such as Christian Badea, Josef Suk, Fabrizio Ventura and Michael Schønwandt. His collaboration with the world-renowned pianist Rohan de Silva has brought Lars Bjørnkjær on tour in Europe, Asia and the USA. He has given solo recitals throughout Denmark and in numerous European countries as well as radio appearances in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland, England and Portugal, and TV appearances in Denmark and the United States.
The recording of concertos by Johan Svendsen and P.E. Lange-Müller with Giordano Bellincampi and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has received extremely positive reviews; according to The Strad: “With intensity and a glorious singing tone … and highly eloquent phrasing this violinist’s devoted vehemence convinces us that this is a lost masterpiece.”
Lars Bjørnkjær is the initiator of a number of initiatives in the Danish music scene. These include Danish Strings, an annual summer course for strings and the creation of the Royal Orchestra Chamber Orchestra’s concert series; he is also co-artistic director of the Anneberg and Samsoe Festivals.
He has received the Knight’s Cross, Frederik the 9th’s Commemorative Medal and Knight of 1st degree. On the board of the Victor Borge Scholarship, he was a member of the jury at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.
Lars Bjørnkjær plays the Royal Theatre’s Stradivarius “Yoldi -Moldenhauer” of 1714.
After his highly acclaimed debut concert from the cello studio of Morten Zeuthen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2005, Toke Møldrup has given recitals in some of the world’s major concert halls, among them the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, Daiichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and the Musikverein in Vienna.
As a soloist he has performed with many orchestras in Europe with conductors such as Francesco Angelico, Aldo Ceccato, Sanntu-Matias Rouvalli, Thomas Søndergård and Joshua Weilerstein. His international awards include First Prize at the European Broadcast Union’s New Talent Competition in Bratislava in 2007 and the Grand Prize at the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition with the Paizo Quartet, as well as the first prize at the Danish String Competition in 2006. Toke Møldrup has received numerous grants and honours, among them Queen Ingrid’s Grant of Honour, Leonid Sonning’s Scholarship and the Danish Music Critics’ Artist Award. In addition to his studies in the music academies of Aarhus, Copenhagen and Karlsruhe, Toke Møldrup studied privately and at master classes with great teachers such as Valter Despalj, David Geringas, Hans Jensen, Ralph Kirschbaum, Yo-Yo Ma, György Kurtág, the Amadeus Quartet and the Alban Berg Quartet.
He has worked as Principal Cellist for the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Swedish Court Orchestra and was appointed Principal Cellist with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. Since 2004 he has been teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Toke Møldrup plays a rare David Tecchler from 1697 kindly lent to him by the Augustinus Foundation.