Bronze Medal Winner, Alegrar String Quartet (from Norway)
The Alegrar String Quartet started playing together March, 2014, and consists of members from age 15-17. We are quite different personalities but have found very much in common in our musical communication. We have fun learning from each others’ musician preferences, for instance we have played pieces composed by our own violinst Michael, Piazzolla Tangos from Inga’s special field of interest, and other musical favorites of all the members, like Part, Brahms, and others.
Norwegian music, from Grieg to contemporary composers, is important to us, of course, but we find it refreshing to play lots of different composers, music from different periods and places.
What makes us unique as a quartet is that we have a very democratic group structure, violinists change places every now and then, and all important decisions – like those on repertoire – are made together. Though school and musical activities take most of everyone’s time, the quartet members have many interests and activities apart from playing classical music together. The violist, Michael, is a very good and enthusiastic composer with Norwegian fold music as one of his main inspirations. He also plays )and compses for) the Norwegian Harding fiddle. During the summer, Inga is keen on sailing and likes walking in the mountains. Whenever she can fine time, Oda enjoys spending time with her friends, running and travelling. Brage’s other passion is soccer and spends time watching and playing soccer with his friends.