DUEN Danish National Youth Ensemble

DUEN – the national team of young skilled string players

Duen – The Danish Youth Ensemble – consists of 25 highly skilled string players. The core repertoire of the ensemble is classical music. Since 2004, when DUEN was founded, it has played more than a 100 concerts in Denmark and abroad. The experienced conductor and artistic leader, Morten Ryelund, energetically inspires the members of the ensemble. The orchestra is popular and has a wide public appeal. The members of DUEN are selected from amongst the most talented string players in Denmark. They have all passed the rigorous test that allows them to become part of the ensemble. The string players meet regularly for musical projects, always with a common ambition about performing at the highest level. The keyword among the members of DUEN is an inspiring musicality at a very high technical level. Most of DUEN’s string players study at the Danish academies of music. Since 2004, several hundreds of musicians have been members of the ensemble. Today many of them have made a career by playing in the professional symphony orchestras.

Ancient and contemporary music

The repertoire of DUEN is a mix between baroque, classic, romantic string serenades and complex works by modernist composers like the Austrian Arnold Schönberg. Moreover, the orchestra has played pieces by the outstanding Danish contemporary composers Anders Koppel, Ib Nørholm and Per Nørgård. In 2015, DUEN is celebrating the Danish composer Carl Nielsen and the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, both would have turned 150 this year. The celebration features concerts in Denmark and in the Netherlands with music by the two famous composers. The ensemble will also record a cd called ”Nordic Sound” with works by Nielsen an Sibelius. Regularly, the Danish Radio broadcasts concerts with DUEN, and the ensemble has appeared in six TV programmes. Playing live music examples, DUEN put the classical master pieces of the 20th century into a historical context. At the famous Roskilde Festival for rock and pop music and at the Copenhagen based festival of electronic music called ”Strøm”, DUEN has inspired new audiences to listen to and appreciate classical music.