International ensemble founded by soloist class and postgraduate students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. The quartet consists of musicians from Norway/Serbia, Spain and Italy who wish to pass on the joy they experience by exploring new musical paths together. Their aim is to make audiences around the world aware of the wonderful repertoire written for this untraditional ensemble and to show all the powerful musical possibilities it has to offer.
CHAMBER TRIO: MUSICAL DIRECTION NORTH - SOUTH
Kristina Sočanski (piano) and Rastko Popovic (viola) have been performing together since 2009. The main area of intereset for their research and performance has been music of the 19th century (Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Grieg). They have toured the two countries they are specially connected to - Norway and Serbia. Kristina was born in Serbia, but grew up in Norway, while Rastko lives in Serbia but he completed his Master studies in Norway. This Serbo-Norwegian artistic friendship resulted in successful concerts in Stavanger, Bergen (Festival “Grieg in Bergen”), Oslo, Kristiansand, Egersund, as well as in Nis, Zrenjanin, Vrsac and Belgrade. The ensemble expanded to a trio in 2012, in collaboration with violinist Katarina Popovic and performed together in Stavanger, Judaberg, Tananger and Oslo. They are soon going to perform works by Serbian and Norwegian composers who have written for the ensemble.
Kristina and Helle (soprano) met during their studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 2014, where they were coached by Søren Rastogi. As a Lied-duo, they have already done several successful performances. Their repertoire consists of song cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Grieg, Strauss and Barber as well as famous opera arias and art songs.
VIOLA-PIANO DUO: FROLOVA/SOCANSKI
Kristina and Jevgenija (viola) started to play together in 2014, while both studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. As a promising duo, they have been coached by Tim Fredriksen, Lars Anders Tomter, Niklas Sivelöv and Jens Elvekjær. They have also attended masterclasses with prof. Ferenc Rados and Boris Berman.
In 2015, they did several performances of works by Brahms and Schumann at venues such as “Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek” and RDAM Concert Hall, among others.
Nora Asheim (violin), Benedicte Aarsland (cello) and Kristina played together for the first time 10 years ago, as teenagers. They discovered the joy of playing together, and continued to perform as a trio during the years, despite studies in different parts of the world. In 2014 they were finalists in SSB Musikkpris competition, open for all music genres. Each year, they please the audience in their hometown Stavanger with at least one summer concert.
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