Biography

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The Dahlkvist String Quartet was formed in 2007 and has quickly established itself at an international level and as one of the most sought after chamber music groups in Sweden. Nominated “Rising Star” 2012-2013 by Stockholm Concert Hall, the Dahlkvist Quartet performed a concert tour across Europe organised by ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) in distinguished concert halls such Wien Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris Cité de la Musique and Budapest Palace of Arts. In 2009 the quartet won the Swedish competition ”Ung&Lovande” (Young & Promising), the award being a prestigious concert tour around Sweden with 18 concerts. The quartet made its debut at the Stockholm Concert Hall in January 2011 with a highly acclaimed performance of Steve Reich’s “Triple Quartet”. The following season they returned as artists in the Concert Hall’s String Quartet Series and 2013 they also performed their Rising Star concert. All concerts in Stockholm Concert Hall were broadcasted by Swedish Radio.

The Dahlkvist Quartet is made up of the Warsaw-born violinist Bartosz Cajler and Stockholm-born Dahlkvist siblings, Kersti (violin), Jon (viola) and Hanna (cello). All of the quartet members studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm as well as individually in France, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. Bartosz Cajler, first violin, is currently active as a soloist in Sweden and Poland, and also teaches the violin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at Mälardalen University in Västerås. Kersti Dahlkvist has completed her Master’s degree in Stockholm and studied in Florence and Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. Jon Dahlkvist (viola) has studied in Italy and Holland besides Stockholm and is currently a viola teacher at Mälardalen University. Cellist Hanna Dahlkvist has studied in Stockholm and Paris. Swedish Radio P2 voted Hanna “Artist in Residence” 2011-2013 and in this capacity she has appeared as soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The Dahlkvist Quartet’s repertoire combines the traditional old master works and contemporary repertoire, with a particular focus on Swedish, Nordic and Polish composers. The Quartet has participated in several European chamber music festivals, including Lavausseau in France (2007-2009) and Musique à Flaine (2008) appearing in a master class with Quatuor Ysaÿe. The Quartet has been guest artist at a number of locations in Sweden, including the Sörmland Castles & Mansions in 2010, and the Gotland Chamber Music Festival in 2011. In 2009 the Royal Swedish Academy of Music awarded the Dahlkvist Quartet their Grand Ensemble Scholarship. Season 2013-2014 The Dahlkvist Quartet pursues a coaching scheme in close connection with the Belcea Quartet from London.

Biography version: August 2013

 

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Bartosz Cajler, violin 1

Bartosz Cajler, violin 1

Kersti Dahlkvist, violin 2

Kersti Dahlkvist, violin 2

Jon Dahlkvist, viola

Jon Dahlkvist, viola

Hanna Dahlkvist, cello

Hanna Dahlkvist, cello