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Pryn Christine

The violinist Christine Pryn started piano lessons at the age of five, and when she was nine, she changed to the violin. One year later she appeared for the first time on the Danish Radio and, since then, many of her concerts have been broadcast. In 1992 she was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music and afterwards she continued her education at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music and the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen with Adolphe Mandeau (a pupil of Carl Flesch). She has also participated in masterclasses under Christian Tetzlaff, Leon Spierer, Cho-Liang Lin, Paavo Pohjola, and Rainer Kussmaul. Christine Pryn is particularly interested in 20th-century and contemporary music, and she has worked under the guidance of some of the world’s leading composers of today, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Luciano Berio, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Gunther Schuller.

Christine Pryn has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout Denmark and abroad, including the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio. She has collaborated with conductors such as Jan Krenz. With the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under Gerhard Markson, she has premiered and recorded Raymond Deane’s Violin Concerto, written especially for her.

Christine Pryn has appeared in 25 countries at prestigious festivals and venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Tivoli Concert Hall, Karol Szymanowski Festival held in the composer’s residence in Zakopane, and the Troldhaugen Concerts – Edvard Grieg Festival in Bergen. Furthermore Christine Pryn’s quartet Ensemble Nordlys was chosen to represent Denmark at the international EU Music Festival in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and was the only chamber ensemble to feature in the worldwide celebrations of Hans Christian Andersen’s 200th anniversary. Her recording of Szymanowski’s Myths was Critic’s Choice 2003 by the American Record Guide. In 1999 Christine Pryn won the Young Swedish Soloists’ Competition, playing with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has been awarded several prestigious prizes, including the Danish Music Reviewers’ Prize.

In 2010 Christine founded Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter, a music festival beautifully located north of Copenhagen. She is the artistic director of the festival, and Ensemble Nordlys is its ensemble-in-residence.