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Alexander Øllgård, violin
Maj Kullberg, violin
Katia Stodtmeier, viola
Johan Theorin, cello

Prize winner of The Danish National Radio`s cd- award 2009 in the contemporary music category. The Danish Kroger Quartet made its debut in 1999 - not in Denmark, but at a festival of contemporary Danish music in Indiana in the USA. It was only some time later that the Danish public realized that a new top-class ensemble had been born. The spotlight was turned in earnest on the Kroger Quartet in 2004 when it won a prize at the DR Chamber Music Competition. "Vitality, sheer joy in playing and musical commitment mixed with a profound mutual intimacy with the works," was one of the comments on the breakthrough of the young quartet.

The Kroger Quartet consists of Alexander Øllgaard and Maj Kullberg on violins, Stine Hasbirk on viola and Johan Theorin on cello. The four musicians are internationally trained, and as an ensemble have been taught by Tim Frederiksen in Copenhagen and David Takeno in London. The Kroger Quartet has also attended masterclasses with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet.

The Quartet's repertoire ranges from the eighteenth century to brand new music.

The Kroger Quartet often functions as an ambassador for Danish music and has given first performances to works by among others Poul Ruders and Per Nørgård.

Nørgård dedicated his seventh and tenth string quartets to the Kroger Quartet, and the quartet has worked closely with the composer.

A prize winning CD of Per Nørgårds four most recent string quartets is the Kroger Quartets first CD release. The cd has received outstanding critical acclaim in the press.

Since their breakthrough the Kroger Quartet has performed at among other places the Aldeburgh Festival and the EuroArt Festival in Prague, in Spain, Greece, The U.S., Scandinavia and on all the most important stages in Denmark.

The Kroger Quartet has appeared with the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, the singers Gitta-Maria Sjøberg and Sine Bundgaard, the Czech Stamic Quartet and the American avant-garde saxophonist Steve Coleman.

As for the Quartets name - which has mystified and fascinated people ever since the beginning - the Kroger Quartet is called after the American composer James Kroger, whom they met in the USA; or after the Canadian violin bow maker Eric Kroger; or after the title character in Thomas Manns tale Tonio Kröger ...