Summer Classical Music Festival at the Glyptotek

Published 19 Juli 2022

Every Sunday in in August and September, visitors to the Glyptotek can enjoy a classical music concert. The museum has been presenting summer concerts since 1978, and this year is no exception.

For the 44th consecutive summer, the museum will welcome guests to its traditional festival, in which some of Denmark’s most talented classical musicians come together to perform both well-known and lesser-known works. Each concert lasts 1 hour.

This year the programme features the Danish, globally-acclaimed cellist Andreas Brantelid and the Norwegian virtuoso pianist Christian Ihle Halland – one of the most sought-after duos in Scandinavia. The Novo Quartet (winner of the P2 Chamber Music Competition) is also dropping by.

The Arild Quartet will perform string quartets by Beethoven, while the young virtuoso  clarinettist Jonas Lyskjær Frølund will also play a Beethoven programme with the pianist Elias Holm and the Swedish cellist Josef Alin. The pianist Jens Elvekjær will be playing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Ensemble Midtvest’s Piano Quartet and the Eskær Trio will perform works by Brahms and Mozart.

Last but not least, there will be a concert by the Danish String Quartet, whose off-beat approach to the classical repertoire has gained them worldwide acclaim.

The classical music tradition handed down from generation to generation
The Glyptotek’s summer concerts started in 1978. Back then it was Michael Malmgreen and then also Johannes Eskær who organised the festival. In recent years, the latter’s daughter Julie Eskær and the solo cellist Ingemar Brantelid have continued the tradition.

“It’s such a pleasure having the opportunity to continue the Glyptotek concerts. Both my parents played with Copenhagen Chamber Soloists at the summer concerts. So, I listened from my earliest years and started to perform in the concerts as a teenager. Since then, I have performed with various ensembles,” says Julie Eskær, 1st  Violinist in the Danish Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Eskær Trio and artistic director of the festival together with Ingemar Brantelid.

“Now we are lucky to engage some wonderful musicians and can guarantee concerts of the highest quality. The concerts take place in the Glyptotek’s stunning Central Hall. With its beautiful acoustics, historical statues and Roman gods, it forms the perfect setting for these classical concerts,” adds Julie Eskær.

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