Acclaimed Danish trio opens Sunday Concerts in the Galleries at North Dakota Museum of Art – Grand Forks Herald


GRAND FORKS – The North Dakota Museum of Art will […]

GRAND FORKS – The North Dakota Museum of Art will present “Trio con Brio Copenhagen,” in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. The program will include works by Haydn, Ravel and Beethoven.

The internationally-acclaimed trio will open the 2023-24 season of the museum’s Sunday Concerts in the Galleries series. The group, which includes two Korean-born sisters, Soo-Kyung Hong, cello, and Soo-Jin Hong, violin, and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer, performed at the museum two years ago.

Founded in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts, the Trio con Brio Copenhagen is now based in Copenhagen and tours extensively worldwide. The group has performed in the world’s leading venues, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen.

The trio quickly gained a reputation for a fresh and contemporary approach to the core repertoire, winning major competitions for piano trio.

A writer for the American Record Guild has described their concert as “one of the greatest performances of chamber music I’ve ever encountered,” and Gramophone, the British classical music magazine, declared their performance as “Superb. … Any group would be hard-pressed to imitate this blend of verse and poise … ”

Their Mendelssohn album was chosen by the United Kingdom’s Classic FM as the Best Chamber Music Disc of the Year.


The Trio con Brio Copenhagen have built a reputation for their fresh and contemporary approach to the core repertoire, according to a concert announcement from the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Photo by Nikolaj Lund

Sunday’s concert opens the Concert in the Galleries series, which will showcase a variety of artists and musical forms. Other concerts will feature Israeli cellist Amit Peled, Nov. 19; the Italian Saxophone Quartet, Feb. 4; Pavel Haas Quartet, March 10; and percussionist Ji Su Jung, April 14.

The series is made possible with funding from the Myra Foundation, with additional support from the Neel and Iseminger funds of the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region; Alerus; and generous individual donors in the community, said Jennifer Tarlin, the museum’s chamber music coordinator.

Support for the concert series at all levels are welcome, Tarlin said. Donors who give $100 or more are designated as Friends of Chamber Music at the North Dakota Museum of Art. With this membership, the donor receives benefits including reserved seating in the first three rows at each concert.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $35 for non-members, $30 for members, and $10 for students and military. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at

or at the door.

The trio will also perform Monday, Oct. 23, at Schroeder Middle School as part of the museum-sponsored program, Monday Concerts in the Schools, Tarlin said.

For more information, call the museum at (701) 777-4195 or email

[email protected]


Pamela Knudson

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at [email protected] or (701) 780-1107.

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