Norwegian participating quartets 2020

Publisert: 9/7/2020

The Norwegian quartets Alohomora Quartet, Momentum Quartet, Gemelli String Quartet and Sonoro String Quartet will be the new participants of TICC Academy 2020.

Four young Norwegian string quartets will be the new participants at this years TICC Academy 2020. We are proudly presenting:

Alohomora Quartet

Alohomora Quartet started out as a chamber music group at the Norwegian Academy of Music in
2018. Together the members Kitiara Braune (violin), Katherine Wang (violin), Dorothea Möri (viola)
and Karin Hannisdal (cello) have received regular guidance since.
During the season 2019/2020 the quartet was chosen to participate in the Oslo Quartet Series Young, a
talent development programme for young string quartets of the Oslo Quartet Series. Alohomora
Quartet has performed pieces by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořák.
The quartet members are in their bachelor and master’s studies and all have extensive professional
experience as musicians, both individually and in chamber music.

Gemelli String Quartet

Gemelli String Quartet is a group of young musicians from the Trondheim region. Twin brothers Elias and Andreas Morgan Grimstad, Théba Magos-Vendler and Tiril Lorås Ystgaard have played together since 2018. This year they were awarded 1st prize in the national chamber music championship and as part of the prize they were invited to participate at TICC. Their started up as a quartet at the talent program at Trondheim Municipal Music School with their teacher Sven-Olav Lyngstad. They have participated at masterclass with musicians such as Elise Batnes, Louisa Tuck and Henninge Landaas. Gemelli String Quartet have participated at the Young Musicians program at NTNU University, the Junior departement of Trondheim Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the academy of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and they will be part of the talent program in Chamber Music for 2020-21 launched by the Talent Trondheim.  

Momentum Quartet

Momentum Quartet has been playing together since early spring 2019. All members are third
year bachelor students at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Barratt Due Music Institute.
Prior to joining together in Momentum Quartet, all four have extensive chamber musical
experience, for example through The Trondheim Soloists, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
academy and Bergen International Festival.
Momentum Quartet has performed numerous concerts, both through Oslo Quartet Series
Young Talents, at the Haydn marathon and at other venues. In September 2019 we were
awarded the Midgard price at the Midgard Competition. Forthcoming concerts will be at
Horten Chamber Music Festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival and Grieg In Bergen Festival.
The quartet has had professors Are Sandbakken and Bjørg Lewis as our permanent teachers at
the Norwegian Academy. We have also participated at several masterclasses with Vision
String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Oslo String Quartet and Vertavo String Quartet,
as well as had coaching with professor Tim Fredriksen.
Momentum Quartet enjoys playing a varied repertoire, naming quartets by Haydn, Fanny
Mendelssohn and Ravel. We have a dynamical style and are actively working on having close
interaction. Our chemistry as a group inspires us for further development.

Sonoro String Quartet

The Sonoro String Quartet was established in 2018 and consists of Daniel Goldin and
Martha-Pil Evertsen Neumer on violin, Tuva Odland on viola and Hedda Aadland on cello.
They are all students at Barratt Due and Edvard Munch High School, where they receive
weekly chamber music lessons from Kari Ravnan, cellist in the Oslo Philharmonic.
The quartet is part of the Oslo Quartet Series 2019-2021, and had the honor of being the
first young quartet to be engaged three years in a row in the series. As part of the young
quartet series, they receive concert experience and master classes with world-renowned
quartets. Previously, the quartet has played for members of the Juilliard String Quartet,
Danish String Quartet, Quator Danel, Skampa Quartet and Vision quartet, among others.
In the fall of 2020 they will also participate in the Vertavo quartets seminar for young
quartets. The quartet has also been engaged in several chamber music festivals around
Norway, where they have given both formal and informal pop-up concerts. They have
participated in Sandefjord before and during FjordClassics 2019, and were also a part of
the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival in 2019. The quartet is invited back to
Lofoten the summer of 2020 in addition to 2021. The quartet will also be performing their
own concert at the Horten chamber music festival as "Up and coming" in June, and in July
they have been invited to perform a recital in Sweden.
Last February the quartet was engaged to perform a concert in Sentralen in Oslo. The
same month they also took part in a jazz project at the Victoria stage with Norway's
foremost jazz musicians, arranged by Per Husby.
In January 2020, the quartet was selected to participate as a YAGA ensemble at the
Glogerfestival in Kongsberg. They received daily coaching from the Oslo String Quartet,
and also performed Schostakovich's octet in collaboration with them. The festival ended
with a recital concert in Kongsberg Theater with Mendelssohn, Britten and Pizzolla on the
The members of the quartet are at both secondary and bachelor levels and are students of
Barratt Due Young Talents and NMH Young Musicians. They all have several years of
experience in chamber music and have won competitions and held concerts both at home
and abroad.