Photo: Foto: Priska Ketterer © 2014

The Léoni Sonning Music Prize 2021



1/6 2021, 20:00

Blågårds Pl. 6A
2200 København


When the Nordic String Quartet invites you inside the Concert Church this evening, it is to pay tribute to two composers;  The South Korean Unsuk Chin, the recipient of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2021, and, secondly, the singular Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, in whose name the Pelle Prize is awarded for the fifth time after the concert.

With ParaMetaString, Unsuk Chin combines string quartet and tape. During the work's four movements, she manipulates the sound of the strings with electronics, creates opposing rhythmic patterns, zooms in on harmonic slides, and eventually tries to completely abolish the musical gravity.

This paves the way for Chins’ Korean colleague Ji Sun Yang. Her melody, notes, five work with very slow movements, and out of the intimacy slowly grows a soft melody and form.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen managed to write 14 string quartets before his death in 2016, and in 2019 the Nordic String Quartet released the first installation in their total recording of them all. In other words, they have deep insight into his both mischievous and serious style, which benefits them when they perform the ghostly String Quartet No. 4 and the differently scratchy String Quartet No. 9 "Last Ground", which includes tape recordings of a troubled sea.


Unsuk Chin: ParaMetaString (1996)
Ji Sun Yang: melody, notes, five (2007)
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Strygekvartet nr. 4 (1967)
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Strygekvartet nr. 9 ”Last Ground” (2006


The concert is part of the Léonie Sonnings Musikfond award ceremony 2021.
The concert is presented in collaboration with Léonie Sonnings Musikfond.