WHO WE ARE
"Rarely have one heard Dvorak played with such youthful energy... [it was] compelling in a way that almost made the stucco dislodge from the ceilings of the old mansion”
– Peter Dürrfeld, Kristeligt Dagblad
CPQ has won the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition in Italy 2013 and The Royal Danish Academy of Music's Chamber Music Competition 2012 and was a prize winner in the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria 2012 and Danish Radio’s Chamber Music Competition in 2014. In November 2013 the quartet received the special mentioning in the Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale - Terza Edizione Internazionale in Italy as the best chamber music ensemble of the competition.
CPQ was formed in 2010 and studied as an ensemble in the soloist class of the Royal Danish Academy of Music under the guidance of chamber music professor Tim Frederiksen as well as pianist and docent Jens Elvekjaer (Trio con Brio). In master classes they had the pleasure of working with capacities such as the Fauré Quartett, Leif-Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland and Lars Anders Tomter.
CPQ has received a grant from the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Fund, the big Jacob Gade scholarship in 2013 and the same year CPQ was chosen for the Young Elite program by the Danish government. The quartet has performed widely around Denmark, in Norway, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and China including Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen Summer Festival, Bergen Festival, Umanitaria Festilval, Golden Days Copenhagen, Klang festival, Bornholm Chamber Music Festival and South Bohemian Chamber Music Festival.
CPQ released its debut CD from Dacapo Records in 2015, featuring piano quartets by Friedrich Kuhlau, and in the beginning of 2019 the next CD with Friderich Kuhlau and Otto Malling quartets will be following.
Since 2018 the members of Copenhagen Piano Quartet are Benedikte Damgaard - violin, Kristina Fialová - viola, Samira Dayyani - cello and Linda Dahl Laursen- piano.
LINDA DAHL LAURSEN
Linda Dahl Laursen is a danish pianist, active as both soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Studied with teachers as: Hans Pålsson, Jens Elverkjær, Konstantin Bogino, Aino Gliemann and Romuald Sztern.
She has won several competitions and has been awarded many scholarships. To mention a few; She won the Yamaha YMFE Award in 2005, and then the prestegious Ljunggrenska Tävlingen (The Ljunggrenska Competition for Young Musicians) in Göteborg later same year. She was awarded 1st price in the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien (The Royal Music Academy of Sweden) scholarship competition for Pianists in both 2004 and 2005. And received the Otto Goldschmidt Scholarship for accompanists 2009 including a 2 months long Tour from coast to coast across the USA and all over Sweden together with the 2009 years Jenny Lind scholar of Sweden. Most recently October 2017 she won the Copenhagen international Lied-Duo Competition together with the swedish soprano Agnes Wästfelt. And in June 2018 she was awarded the “Poul Hestbecks Scholarship” from the danish soloist society for her achievements as an accompanist.
She has played concerts all over Scandinavia and in most European countries, in 2010 she was invited to play a Beethoven recital in the Royal Concert Hall in Stockholm, and to perform as a soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Sweden among other orchestras.
The passport of Benedikte Damgaard has stamps from interesting corners of the world. Playing chamber music has a special place in her heart and it has taken her through Scandinavia, China, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Vietnam and Australia.
She has been invited to venues such as Melba Hall in Melbourne, Bergen Festival, Grand Concert Hall Hanoi, Antwerp Chamber Music, Nordens Hus Thorshavn, Holland Music Sessions, South Bohemian Chamber Music Festival, Societa Umanitaria Milano, Hindsgavl Festival, Shanghai Academy Concert Hall, Tivoli Festival etc.
15 year old she had her debut as a soloist with orchestra, together with Ålborg Symphony Orchestra. She won a number of competitions, with CPQ as you can read further up, and also as a soloist, for instance she won the Jacob Gade Violin Competition in 2004 and in 2012 she recieved the Audience Prize of the Danish String Competition. She was awarded the Van Hauen Grant, the Jacob Gade Grant, and twice the Leonie Sonning Grant, together with CPQ and as a soloist.
She graduated from her Post Graduate studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, in 2014 as a soloist and in 2015 again as a chamber music player, after studying with Serguei Azizian, Gunnar Tagmose, Tim Frederiksen, Jens Elvekjær and Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet).
Besides from the two CD’s she recorded with CPQ for Dacapo Records, she released a duo CD in 2017 with music by Karol Szymanowski and Richard Strauss with her duo-partner Emil Gryesten at the piano, and in 2017 she also released a CD with Mozart sonatas with her father John Damgaard at the piano.
For more information: benediktedamgaard.com
Kristina Fialová has been primarily praised by the critics for her impeccable technique, impassioned performance and sophisticated musical sentiment. After winning the 2013 Michal Spisak International Competition in Katowice, Poland, she was invited to the major concert stages. Her appearance at the prestigious Tivoli Festival in Denmark was followed by her debuting in the Tonhalle Zürich, Cologne philharmonic hall, Sumida Triphony hall in Tokio, Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima and giving a recital at the 2015 Prague Spring festival.
She has regularly performed with renowned Czech and foreign orchestras (Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, etc.) under the baton of counductors such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Libor Pešek, Case Scaglione, Charles Olivieri Munroe, Rafael Payare etc. Kristina Fialová has performed at concert hall across Europe, including Russia, as well as in Africa, Asia and the Americas, and at major festivals. She is the winner of numerous international competitions.
Kristina Fialová studied at the Brno Conservatory, the Hochschüle für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden (Prof. Vladimír Bukač), the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (Prof. Tim Frederikson and Prof. Lars Anders Tomter), and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Prof. Jan Pěruška). She has recorded eight CDs for Supraphon, Arcodiva, Sound Trust and Dacapo. She has given master classes in New York, Dellaware, Lima, Copenhagen, Qingdao and Guangzhou.
Kristina plays a Carlo Antonio Testore – Contrada 1745 viola. She is a Pirastro artist and she exclusively uses Pirastro strings.