UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Danish String Quartet performing The Doppelgänger Project, Part II Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Campbell Hall


  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Danish String Quartet The Doppelgänger Project, Part II
  • Doppelgänger is an ambitious four-year project commissioned by Arts & Lectures and a variety of international partners
  • The project pairs world premieres from four renowned composers with chamber music masterpieces by Schubert, including “Death and the Maiden” and the “Rosamunde” quartet 
  • This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
  • Wednesday, April 27th / 7:00 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
  • $30 – $45 : General Public / $10: All Students (Current student ID required)
  • Pre-concert Talk by Derek Katz, UCSB Associate Professor of Musicology at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 27th at Whalen Plaza, UCSB Mosher Alumni House – Free to concert ticket holders. Seating is first-come, first-served
  • Health & Safety: Proof of full vaccination (including booster, when eligible) is required for all attendees. Visit https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/SeasonFAQs/ for updates and further details.
  • Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu 
  • This event includes an at-home viewing option (live stream only; no replay).

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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Danish String Quartet The Doppelgänger Project, Part II on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Campbell Hall. The performance is part of the CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

This season, the Danish String Quartet introduces Doppelgänger, an ambitious four-year project supported by Arts & Lectures and a variety of international partners. The project pairs world premieres from four renowned composers with chamber music masterpieces by Schubert, including “Death and the Maiden” and the “Rosamunde” quartet. The quartet, featuring  violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørenson, violist Asbjørn Nørgaard and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin will perform a premiere with its doppelgänger – the Schubert quartet or quintet that inspired it.



Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)

Lotta Wennäkoski: Pige

Schubert (arr. Danish String Quartet): Death and the Maiden, D. 531



Danish String Quartet find themselves at the core of the classical music world. On a daily basis, they delve into works by great masters such as Beethoven and Mozart, but they also play the occasional folk music gig. Over the years they have been fortunate to study in many different places, in masterclasses with renowned teachers and have had opportunities to perform in major concert halls across the world, attend competitions and record their music.

The quartet is composed of three Danes – Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin), Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola),  Frederik Øland (violin) and one Norwegian, Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (cello), making this a truly Scandinavian endeavor. Being relatively bearded, they are often compared to the Vikings. The three Danes met very early in their lives in the Danish countryside at a summer camp for enthusiastic amateur musicians. Not yet teenagers, they were the youngest players, so they hung out all the time playing football and chamber music together. Regular kids with an above average interest in classical chamber music, they quickly became, and still are, best friends.

In 2001, professor Tim Frederiksen of The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen started coaching the boys on a regular basis. All of the sudden, at the ages of 15 and 16, they were a serious string ensemble; it all happened so fast that none of them seemed to notice the transition. Time passed and they grew up; grew beards. None of them have any memory of their lives without the string quartet.

In 2008 Fredrik, a Norwegian cellist, joined the group. He looked like a character from Game of Thrones, and the three Danes thought he was a perfect match. During his free time, Fredrik can be found fixing or sailing his OE32 sailboat somewhere in Scandinavia.

Other interests of the quartet include vintage cars, cooking, gaming, reading, playing, talking, scuba diving, playing tennis, and being dads of babies and toddlers. Yes, playing string quartets is their job, and yes, it is hard work, but they mostly do it for pleasure, like they always did. “Music is a way to hang out with friends, and we hope we can continue to hang out for many, many years.”

See A&L’s full 2022 lineup here

This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.

A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx


Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  


Danish String Quartet is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. 

The performance is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

$30 – $45 : General Public / $15: UCSB Students (Current student ID required)

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.

Made possible by gifts to the A&L Commission of New Work Endowment Fund.

The Doppelgänger pieces are commissioned by the Danish String Quartet with the support of Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, Vancouver Recital Society, Flagey in Brussels, and Muziekgebouw in Amsterda.

Presented in association with the UCSB Department of Music.

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.

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