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Kontra Quartet

Kontra Quartet

The Kontra-quartet is today Denmark's leading and most active string quartet with a vast repertoire of both classic and contemporary music. Of the later classics it is only natural that Bartok's singularly difficult quartets have appealed to the four players (the quartet's primo, Anton Kontra, was born in Hungary), but the recording of the Carl Nielsen string quartets is no doubt the ensemble's greatest success to date.

It is, however, the many first-performances of Danish contemporary music that contribute to making the Kontra-quartet something quite special in Danish musical life: the group has become no less than an expert-ensemble on contemporary Danish music, and has recorded works of Erling Brene, Ole Buck, Lars Heegård, Erik Højsgaard, Steen Pade, and Carl Nielsen's contemporary Rued Langgaard. The Kontra-quartet was founded in 1973.

The four players are:
1st violin
Anton Kontra, born in Hungary 1932
instrument: Antonius Stradivarius 1732.
2nd violin
Boris Samsing, born 1943
instrument: Carlo Fernando Landolfi, 1785.
Peter Fabricius, born 1943
Instrument: Jean Baptiste Ceruti, 1832.
Morten Zeuthen, born 1951
Instrument: Francesco Ruggeri, 1680.


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