The Erlendis Quartet has established itself as one of the most exciting groups of its generation. The enthusiastic reviews, and awards they’ve received speak for themselves. The ensemble has gained international acclaim from within and outside the classical guitar world. Sharing their passion for music is the essence of ensemble’s existence, and has inspired their international concert tours. To date they have performed in the USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Latvia, Ukraine, and their native country – Poland. Erlendis Quartet has reaped an impressive harvest of prizes, including (among others) first place in the Danish Broadcasting Chamber Music Competition (Denmark, 2017), first place in the International Ensemble Competition by GFA (USA, 2017), first place and Audience Award in the International Chamber Music Competition in Aschaffenburg (Germany, 2016), and Special Prize in the Orlando Chamber Music Competition (the Netherlands, 2016).
From season to season, the Erlendis Quartet expands its program with exciting music arrangements as well as new pieces. Every concert is precisely structured to present a compelling story for the audience. “Erlendis” is Icelandic for “overseas”, and name reflects the quartet’s dedication to exploring beyond the boundaries of the familiar guitar quartet territory.
The Erlendis Quartet was formed in October 2013, when all four members were students of Lukasz Kuropaczewski at the Academy of Music in Poznań, Poland. The next year they studied with Penderecki Piano Trio cellist Karol Marianowski. In 2015-2107, the quartet pursued postgraduate studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where they were coached by Jesper Sivebaek, of the Scandinavian Guitar Duo, and Tim Frederiksen, former mentor of the Danish String Quartet.
Throughout the years of study, the quartet took master classes with many renowned chamber musicians, including members of top ensembles (such as the Artemis Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Vogler Quartet, Faure Quartet, Lafayette String Quartet, and Berlin Piano Trio) and artists with premier labels including Deutsche Gramophone and EMI.
The ensemble is supported by the classical guitar strings brand SAVAREZ and Audiostacja - polish distributor of DPA Microphones. Over the years, the Erlendis Quartet has been awarded scholarships funded by the Idella Foundation, Cultura Animi Foundation, and The Royal Danish Academy of Music Chamber Music Scholarship.
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