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A Spring Day – Britten, Beethoven, Ravel

The Demeter Quartet at the Sunday Classics

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The Demeter Quartet was founded in 2019 and consists of members Laura Liu, Justyna Bidler, Lucja Koczot, and Hrafnhildur Marta Guðmundsdóttir. On Sunday, May 10 they present their program “A Spring Day” with masterworks by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Maurice Ravel in Norðurljós Concert Hall at Harpa. The program celebrates the exuberant return of Icelandic spring with music that invokes feelings of vigor, warmth, sentiment, and passion.

Born and raised in Plano, Texas, Laura Liu has frequently performed as soloist and concertmaster with orchestras and ensembles across North America and China. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory and Rice University, where she was the recipient of the Hodder Classical Music Scholarship and Larry J. Livingston Violin Prize. Prior to joining the Iceland Symphony in 2018, she held artist residences with the Takács Quartet and New York Philharmonic, among others. She is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys traveling and art.

Before moving to Iceland, Justyna Bidler worked with Gorzów Weilkopolski Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia. She is from Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland and studied with Marcin Baranowski at the Ignacy Jan Paderewskiego Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland. She frequently plays with Iceland Symphony, Iceland Opera Orchestra, and North Iceland Symphony. Justyna loves chamber music and participated twice in the Princess Daisy International Festival in Poland, performing with renowned musicians from around the world. She also enjoys traveling, literature, and cooking in her spare time.

Lucja Koczot was was born and raised in Katowice, Poland. As a viola player she has collaborated with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Iuventus, Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, and Gran Teatre de Liceu. From January 2019 she is a member of ISO, and has collaborated with Sinfonia Nord and Iceland Opera. Recently she played in Festival Castel Peralada in Spain. Lucja is also passionate about chamber music. As a member of chamber music groups she played in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and China. She enjoys sports, traveling and eating good food.

After her studies in Iceland, cellist Hrafnhildur Marta Guðmundsdóttir studied with Morthen Zeuthen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Brandon Vamos at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where her string quartet served as string quartet in residence. As a member of the Kuttner quartet, she also won a residency at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn in 2018. Hrafnhildur has performed as a soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the North Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and has recorded both chamber music and orchestral music for Naxos. She has earned numerous prizes for her playing, such as the Rotary Music Prize, recognition from Minningarsjóður Jean-Pierre Jacquillat, the Thor Thors Fellowship and the Leifur Eiriksson Fellowship.

Sunday Classics / Schedule Winter 2019 – 2020

September 2019

08.09.2019 Passion and Malice

15.09.2019 Women of Note

29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev

October 2019

06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms

20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann 

27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann

November 2019

03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal

10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp

17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica

24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano

December 2019

08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

January 2020

19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov

26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder

February 2020

02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble

09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble

16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Gudrun Dalia

16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble

23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West

March 2020

01.03.2020 Cauda Collective

08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet

15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich

22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos

29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years

April 2020

13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio

19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings

May 2020

03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

10.05.2020 String Quartets

24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble