The ENGEGÅRD QUARTET was established in Lofoten i 2006. The chamber music ensemble quickly became one of the most coveted in Norway. The quartet is known for its brave and fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire. At the same time, they put an emphasis on music of Scandinavian origin.
Engegård Quartet's debut album was published in 2008. The Quartet received rave reviews such as “The playing is breathtaking” in “The Strad,” and “First rate quartet playing” in the “Intervational Record Review.” In January 2016, their latest CD was released with success. This album includes works by some of the great Norwegian composers such as Grieg, Sibelius, and Olav Anton Thommessen.
The members of Engegård Quartet are primarily focussed on promoting chamber music in Norway. Arvid Engegård is both the founder and artistic director of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. Juliet Jopling is greatly involved in the Oslo Quartet Series as its founder and artistic advisor.
The Engegård Quartet has been lucky to play with Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Emma Johnson, and András Schiff. The Quartet has many exciting projects ahead of them. In the fall of 2016, they will participate in a newly created concert series called “Schumann in 1-2-3” in Oslo, with pianists Håvard Gimse and Nils Anders Mortensen, and soprano Isa Katharina Gericke. In 2017 they are planning a colorful collaboration with jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg.
The Engegård Quartet is supported by the Norwegian Council of Cultural.